Source: Charlottesville Tomorrow
Author: Tim Shea
Published: 15 January 2014
Kim Wilkens wants to see more females in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. To that end, Wilkins launched Tech Girls, a company now starting its second year, which offers STEM workshops to girls.
Prior to Tech Girls, Wilkens worked in the technology industry, then transitioned into teaching. In 2010, she attended a conference where she learned that the number of women graduating from college with tech-related degrees was on the decline.
“That really caused me to have concern, so I came up with this idea of Tech Girls to raise awareness about the issue, but also to provide resources and workshops and ways to work with girls that will engage their interests and keep them interested,” Wilkens said.