FemSTEM - Muslim Girls' Scholarship
Muslim girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are vastly underrepresented. In fact, they are a rarity. As a Muslim girl who has been interested in robotics and computer science for years, it saddens me to see the lack of interest and competence in STEM that is the norm for girls in my Muslim community. How does a Muslim girl who is passionate about tech encourage her sisters in the Muslim community to embrace the wonderful world of STEM?
My solution: the FemSTEM Robotics Scholarship. After competing with and mentoring middle school robotics teams for years, I feel confident in my ability to lead, teach and, most importantly, inspire a new generation of capable, tech-literate Muslim girls who can find success and fulfillment in the oft-intimidating sphere of STEM.
Muslim girls in my local community are invited to apply for a scholarship to learn the fundamentals of robotics and programming, then apply those principles by competing in FIRST Lego League's (FLL) regional robotics tournament. Under my leadership, they can continue to develop their passion and ability in robotics through additional classes and/or kits awarded to them at the end of the tournament season.
Funds raised will go toward Lego Minstorms NXT Base Sets and a Resource Set, the registration fee for the FLL tournament, tournament practice materials from the FLL organization, snacks for practices, team shirts for our tournament, construction materials for the tournament practice table, end-of-season prizes of tuition for Creative Robotics classes, PiBot robotics kits and Fiat Lux electronics kits and seasonal "yearbooks" for the girls (and our top 10 donors). Any excess donations will go towards funding next year's robotics season.
With your help, girls who would otherwise be unable or hesitant to pay for robotics classes can take advantage of a competitive STEM education that will propel them to great heights, Inshallah. Please help me foster inspired and influential young girls that will represent the Muslim community.
I am amazed that we are still receiving donations, but it appears that our LA Times story had more reach than expected. I am incredibly grateful for the continuous support that we receive from the community. Whether you were a donor when FemSTEM was formed this summer or have decided to support us after seeing our LA Times article, I am so thankful that I have your help making my outreach possible.
Any proceeds at this point will go towards paying for our state championship tournament registration and next season's funds.
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Zaina and the 2016 FemSTEM Team