The Women in Science (WINS) program at the Academy of Natural Sciences recently received an impressive award and grant. Underwriters Laboratories, a company focused on safety science, in partnership with the North American Association for Environmental Education, named five such institutions in their Innovative Education Award program. The recipient programs all encourage learning in the science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) fields, specifically E-STEM, which refers to these areas as they relate to the environment.
WINS, a four-year-long program, provides high school girls in Philadelphia with access to a science education relating to the local ecology. The program takes place during summers and after school hours. The young women who participate focus on experiential professional and personal development. One project WINS will use the grant funds for connects young women from Philadelphia with women and scientists in Mongolia. This study on climate change will also provide participants in both locations with an exposure to diversity they might not otherwise experience.
A meeting earlier this month of the various ULIEA recipients served to build relationships between their institutions, as well as with Underwriters Laboratories employees who will continue to serve as a support system in the implementation and development of the grants.