FemSTEM - Muslim Girls' Scholarship

$4,097 of $3,690 goal

Raised by 51 people in 9 months
Why have I never run into a fellow Muslima at the many robotics competitions that I have participated in? In my AP Computer Science class? In my school’s Tech program?

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.

JAK,

Zaina
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Update 5
Posted by Zaina Siyed
3 months ago
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Hello FemSTEM Supporters!

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.

You can always check in on us on our Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/FemSTEMScholarship

And make sure to read our LA Times story:
http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-muslim-girls-robotics-20161128-story.html

Thank you!
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Update 4
Posted by Zaina Siyed
7 months ago
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Alhamdullilah we are completely funded and it's all thanks to donors like you! FemSTEM is over a month into the robotics season and we are lucky to have excellent resources and materials because of our sponsors. JAK! We are so thankful to have your support.

For more updates on the team as we continue through robotics season, like and visit our Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/FemSTEMScholarship/

Love,
Zaina and the 2016 FemSTEM Team
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Update 3
Posted by Zaina Siyed
8 months ago
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As I have started holding practices for FemSTEM in the past week, I wanted to thank our donors for allowing this program to become a reality! We've almost reached our goal and I am very excited about the direction this program is taking. JAK!
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Update 2
Posted by Zaina Siyed
8 months ago
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Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy & safe Eid with your families inshAllah. I'm so grateful because in the last few days I've seen an increase in the number of potential team members applying and received some very generous donations as we draw closer to Eid. Best Eid gift ever!!!
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$4,097 of $3,690 goal

Raised by 51 people in 9 months
Created June 12, 2016
Zaina Siyed  
JL
$100
Jimmy Ly
2 months ago

Hey Zaina! It was fantastic meeting you on Wednesday. It was great hearing you story and I really hope femSTEM keeps growing. Also, keep up the amazing work! You are going places and feel free to contact Cindy if you need anything. We will do everything we can! Good luck and hope to see you in the near future. Come visit our campus sometime!

HK
$50
Hala Karam
3 months ago

I am proud of your leadership and hardwork. Wishing you much success!

$10
Anonymous
3 months ago
PM
$20
Parhana Moreta
3 months ago
MK
$10
Miriam Keith-Jordon
3 months ago

This is so wonderful, good luck to you all

$5
Aradia Farmer
3 months ago

So awesome!

$10
Anonymous
4 months ago
TC
$5
Tara Crow
4 months ago

I love what you're doing. Keep up the good work!

TB
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Tom Burns
4 months ago
$25
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4 months ago
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