#STEAMSUMMER SPECIAL VISITOR

This week at #STEAMSummer at Kent Academy, scholars were joined by a special guest, Julia Landauer, multiple-championship winning racecar driver.

Landauer, who in addition to racing every season since she was 10, graduated from Stanford University in 2014 with a bachelor of science degree in Science, Technology, and Society.

Scholars presented a range of inquiries to Landauer, including how to pronounce her name (it’s Land-Hour), but one question was particularly poignant.

“Is it lonely being the only girl?” asked Givonne, age 8.File_002

Landauer, one of few women in a male-dominated sport, is the first female NASCAR Track Champion in her division at Motor Mile Speedway. She studied science and technology to help her gain a competitive edge in racing.

She advocates for women in STEM professions, where women are sharply underrepresented. Minority women make up an even smaller segment of these workers.

This week at #STEAMSummer, Givonne is the only girl in her class.

While this is not always the case at summer camp, we know statistically, it’s not far from reality. Women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, but hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs, despite the fact that these jobs give them a steep advantage in wages.

In response to Givonne’s question, Landauer advised: “If you love it, stick with it. Make friends, and look for similarities, not differences.”

“I’m aware that I’m a role model, especially to women, and I really hope to show that you can be a strong, competent, passionate woman doing something really difficult and that’s something people look up to and admire and respect,” Landauer says in a video on her website.

We are grateful for Landauer’s time and energy in forging a path for those traditionally underrepresented in STEAM professions.

If you would like to join the effort to #bridgethedivide, consider giving to Digi-Bridge’s #ActivateSummer campaign.

With your support, we have extended scholarships to families from throughout Charlotte. Additional contributions will allow us to provide more scholars with access this summer!

Click here to contribute. A gift of any size makes a difference!

Let’s make sure that every scholar has access to high-quality 21st century education.

With gratitude,

DJ

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