Welcome!
Founder: WeAreSTEMgirls.com

Hi and thanks for stopping by WeAreSTEMgirls.com
OK, I admit it! I am a STEM girl!

My name is Giovanna Armetta, and my friends call me “G”.

I am the founder of WeAreSTEMgirls.com. I created this site to help build awareness around “the STEM gap” between girls and guys in STEM. I think it's important to help give girls the confidence to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. I hope to do this by serving as a role model.

As far back as I can remember, I loved math. Partially because Math made sense to me. But that’s not the only reason I pursued it. I kept challenging myself because I was encouraged to do so.

This encouragement included my teacher, Dr. Victoria Khiznichenko (Dr. K),
inviting me to participate in an accelerated math program starting in middle school. The make-up of participants was split 50:50. I was 1 of 6 girls* (out of a total of 12 students) in the program. It sounded fun to me and I was super excited to be included! The goal was to have  students learn to "speak math" at a sophisticated level sooner in their normal course of study, learn to be very diligent in their work, and even be able to take advanced coursework like AP - BC Calculus in the 10th or 11th grade.  

Then something even more amazing and enlightening happened. I took an advanced Chemistry class in high school. It was taught by another female professor, (Dr. Victoria Schulman).  She made science fun and interesting and she also encouraged me. Here I was a young impressionable girl with two fantastic female role models. They believed in me! I chose to continue focusing on STEM, going broader and deeper into classes in the STEM field and even decided to complete a STEM Distinction (kind of like a major) in high school.

I’m not a teacher. I am not employed in the STEM field (yet ??). I am a high school student who knows that I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t have mentors and role models at an early age that nurtured my interest in the STEM fields. I am loving and living STEM and planning to pursue a degree in STEM in college. I realized that if it weren’t for such early influences like these female teachers acting as role models, I might be planning on something totally different for my future.  

This site is all about paying-it-forward. We are trying to inspire and support young girls with good role models, so they can be encouraged and understand that they too, can love and do well in STEM!  

If you are interested in becoming a "STEMgirl Ambassador" on my site, please see the link and reach out to me! We'd love to have you on board too!  

Thanks for being here,  

G!  

*Seven years later only 1/3 of the girls in that accelerated math program are still planning to pursue STEM studies in college.