WiSTEM2D (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing, Marketing and Design) is an initiative started by Johnson & Johnson in 2015. This initiative is meant to inspire young women to dominate the world of STEM through collaboration and teamwork. Johnson & Johnson had a goal of reaching 1,000,000 women by 2020, and while they’ve reached this number well before 2020, they have decided to continue with this initiative in hopes that it will further positively impact more young women’s lives. Our team has joined hands with J&J in this initiative, and together we have organized several events to reach out to the young girls of our community.
Throughout the year, Team 75 holds several WiSTEM2D events for young women to engage in leadership and STEM based discussions and activities. One of our larger events is holding school assemblies. We work with local schools, like our middle school and high school, to reach out to the women in our community. Prominent female scientists and engineers join us as speakers to share their experiences working in the STEM field. In the past years, Team 75 members volunteered at Lunch and Learns, a WiSTEM2D event run by J&J. Every year we hold a booth at our Annual FLL BoroBlast event, and we demonstrate a quick activity or experiment for students to get an overview of what this initiative encompasses. Additionally, we hold round table discussions, where young women talk about current and controversial topics in STEM. They also discuss finding more opportunities for women in the workplace.
Last year, due to COVID-19, we held a virtual Technology Night event for our local middle school students. This event was an opportunity for these students to understand the different aspects of Robotics, like programming, mechanical, and design. Students were able to see a live demonstration of the robot from our warehouse. Additionally, this event gave students a chance to virtually meet and talk with a successful woman engineer from Johnson & Johnson. Overall, this was a great success, as more than 55 students joined the event, and several shared their creations and ideas.
There is much more to look forward to in the coming months and years. We encourage girls to look into this initiative and find out more about the events we hold. If you would like to propose an event for the WiSTEM2D Initiative please consult with the WiSTEM2D Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) page and contact the WiSTEM2D Initiative lead.