Women Leaders in STEM

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting some of the amazing women taking charge in the world of STEM and pioneering new perspectives in problem-solving.  

Celebrating Women Leaders in STEM

In Celebration of Women's History, the Discovery Education STEM Careers Coalition (SCC) has released a curated collection to spotlight female professionals in STEM. Follow along as the SCC demonstrates how you can introduce your students to STEM with over 200 resources designed to uncover students' STEM skills to activate future solution seekers. Our exciting content includes resources ranging from hands-on student activations and lessons to the extensive database of career profiles and family activities.

Women Innovating with Purpose

Discover the pivotal role that female STEM professionals have played in developing and implementing original solutions during a global challenge. Immerse students in exciting STEM career paths with female leaders creating change at renowned companies.

COVID-19 Solutions Seeker | Procter & Gamble

Product Researcher

Grades K-12
Adaptable Communication
Video Length
3:35 min

To be able to effectively test products and gain consumer insights during the pandemic, Aaron and her colleagues quickly developed new collaborative workarounds that brought their team closer together as they adapted to the changing needs of consumers.

 

COVID-19 Solutions Seeker | Microsoft

Senior Researcher

Grades K-12
One Problem, Many Solutions
Video Length
3:50 min

To help support precision medicine in clinical settings during the pandemic, Grace uses data science methods to research and identify genetic, biologic, and environmental factors that help in tracking and treating the COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 Solutions Seeker | Procter & Gamble

Senior Innovation Leader

Grades K-12
From a Distance
Video Length
4:09 min

When the pandemic prevented Tanya and her team from testing a new technology in the lab, they decided to use their own homes instead – and the results were better than they could have ever expected. 

 

COVID-19 Solutions Seeker | American Petroleum Institute

Senior Policy Advisor

Grades K-12
STEM Skills Transfer
Video Length
3:35 min

With expertise in addressing community concerns about environmental health issues, Uni is drawing on her knowledge to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, finding ways to reduce transmission in community areas and workplaces.

COVID-19 Solutions Seeker | GAF

Process Engineer

Grades K-12
Flexible Fixes
Video Length
3:12 min

When the coronavirus pandemic brought uncertainty to manufacturing plants nationwide and forced employees to work remotely, Lauren found new virtual ways to help these essential facilities operate and troubleshoot problems.

COVID-19 SOLUTIONS SEEKER | Horizon Therapeutics

SVP Commercial Ops., Horizon Therapeutics

Grades K-12
Strategic Marketing
Video Length
3:45 min

With a groundbreaking new medicine released on the market just 6 weeks before the COVID-19 outbreak in the US, Keli and her team had to quickly create an adaptive medicine launch plan to meet the needs of patients struggling through a pandemic.  

Women Stepping Up in STEM

Take students inside the day-to-day challenges faced by a variety of women following their passion in a STEM-related field. Get students thinking proactively about their own career aspirations with the authentic real-life stories of these talented ladies. 

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Stanley Black & Decker

Reliability Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:19 min

Reliability Engineers provide the tools and innovative solutions needed in the manufacturing process to ensure that the products produced meet and exceed customer expectations. Reliability Engineers act on behalf of the customer throughout the process, collaborating across a wide variety of departments. 

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ASME

Distributed Energy Resources Engineers

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:45 min

Distributed Energy Resources Engineers innovate better ways for utility companies to supply power to communities and generate power from those communities. They are mechanical engineers who specialize in the generation and distribution of energy, collaborating across industries to power communities. 

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ASME

Senior Scientist

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:26 min

Senior Scientists are research specialists who work within businesses to support the adoption of new technology and innovation through research and development. They are leaders who can manage teams of other scientists, while effectively collaborating with a wide variety of other teams.  

AES

Investment & Maintenance Planner

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:30 min

Investment and Maintenance Planners use excellent organizational skills and attention-to-detail to oversee the planning of inspections, maintenance, and repairs of complex parts and machines in manufacturing. They create systems of maintenance that minimize disruption to operations. 

ASCE

Water Quality Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:44 min

Water Quality Engineers use a specialized understanding of science and mathematics to address environmental problems related to water such as pollution, water treatment, and access. They study the ways industrial and residential water treatment and irrigation systems interact with natural processes. 

Stanley Black & Decker

Electro-Mechanical Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:00 min

Electro-Mechanical Engineers are go-to experts within companies that make and use electrical and mechanical products, like robots, computer hardware, and power tools. Their creativity and problem-solving skills support everything from design to manufacture. 

Procter & Gamble

Senior IT Director

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:48 min

IT Senior Directors tackle real-world tech challenges by combining expert understanding of new technologies and leadership skills needed to apply business strategies to tech issues. They oversee the Information Technology department within an organization. 

Procter & Gamble

Scientific Communications Manager

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:44 min

Scientific Communications Managers study the science used to create consumer products and find effective ways of presenting this information so that colleagues and consumers can understand. They help companies develop and manage scientific data and oversee the communication of this information.  

AES

Solar Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:47 min

Solar Engineers oversee the scientific process involved in harnessing the sun's energy to power homes, businesses, and industry. They combine a variety of STEM skills with leadership and problem-solving to supervise the design, installation, and monitoring of solar energy systems. 

Caterpillar Foundation

Dealer Technician

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:53 min

Dealer Technicians ensure a wide range of complex machines and equipment run reliably and efficiently through regular inspection, maintenance, and repair. They are proficient in everything from power, precision, and hand tools for equipment and machinery to software applications used in maintenance work. 

Arconic Foundation

Human Resources Analyst

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:21 min

Human Resources Analysts are excellent communicators who are responsible for recruiting, selecting, and hiring workers for a business or organization. By analyzing and communicating data about hiring and turnover, Human Resource Analysts help ensure the best decisions are made regarding employees.

IF/THEN Initiative

Top Executive

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:35 min

Top executives lead organizations or companies to implement their goals, plans, functions, or services. They envision the future of the company to maximize resources and make sure that its potential is fulfilled. They can be true visionaries who want to use their company to effect positive changes in the world. They are often quite passionate about what they want to accomplish for the company.

IF/THEN Initiative

Payload Logistics

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:30 min

A payload logistics lead is a professional with an advanced understanding of the engineering and mechanics needed to identify mission challenges and drive innovative solutions for spacecraft vehicles’ structural payload design, development, integration, testing and in-orbit operations. They are good at identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

IF/THEN Initiative

Bat Conservationist

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:10 min

Conservationists are usually zoologists and wildlife biologists who try to find the solutions to threats that affect wildlife, such as disease and habitat loss. They may specialize in a single species of animal, such as bats. They are professionals who love science, animals, and the outdoors. Many are animal keepers and curators in zoos or zoological parks.

Boeing

Computer Vision Software Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:00

Computer Vision Software Engineers apply the power of AI and computer learning to help improve and automate processes. They use advanced computer vision to analyze every layer of the Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) process, to ensure each manufactured part is up to standards.

Caterpillar Foundation

Logistics Center Manager

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:40

Logistics Center Managers are expert communicators and collaborators who thoroughly understand the parts supply chain. They oversee all of the operations at Logistics Centers, where used mechanical parts are sent to be refurbished and remanufactured for additional use – sometimes up to 2-3 times.

Microsoft

Data Scientist

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:26 min

Data Scientists use curiosity and attention-to-detail to “wrangle” massive datasets in search of patterns and information that can help companies solve problems. Data science careers are available in almost every industry, incorporating machine learning, computer science, and other state-of-the-art tools.

Chevron

Facilities Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:25 min

Facilities engineers are the masterminds who oversee all the essential aspects of maintaining a facility, whether for planning new projects or improving existing facilities. They ensure optimal facility operations by designing, constructing, and managing all infrastructure components.

Microsoft

AI Researcher

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:59 min

Senior Principal Researchers have an adept understanding of advanced Artificial Intelligence technologies, which they utilize to envision the next world-changing application of AI and figure out how to bring it to life. They also think deeply about the ethics of AI’s relationship to people and society.

Chevron

Petroleum Drilling Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:05

Petroleum Drilling Engineers are the scientists who explore below Earth for the best places to find oil and natural gas using criteria such as the efficiency of retrieval, safety, and profitability of deposit. They will often specialize in an aspect of drilling operations such as reservoir engineering, drilling engineering, completions engineering, and production engineering.

Microsoft

Software Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
5:19 min

Software Engineers apply the principles of engineering to computer science to create software that powers computers and many other everyday electronic devices. Their expertise in programming languages offers many career opportunities developing apps, video games, social media and more.