How You Can Participate in #herSTEMlens and Support Girls in STEM

Virtual Exhibition and Social Media Movement by talkSTEM

Contributed by Dr. Koshi Dhingra

The talkSTEM nonprofit organization is thrilled to partner with the National Girls Collaborative Project on Her STEMlens, a virtual exhibition and social media movement that launched on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, February 11, 2021, and will run through May 31, 2021. The two organizations share the vision of informing and supporting girls to identify as people who do STEM and who will pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We are excited to partner with the NGCP which has catalyzed the formation of 33 energetic Collaboratives that serve 41 states.

A preview of the virtual exhibition

We invite all Collaboratives to participate actively in the #herSTEMlens movement by:

In turn, this participation fuels the virtual exhibition and you (and your students, mentees, and/or children) may be featured in the exhibition as we refresh our content each month. Ultimately, our goal is to empower girls and women everywhere by highlighting the STEM mindsets that are always at work in a wide variety of everyday activities and places.

We want to foster a sense of belonging by broadening participation in STEM and we invite all girls and women, whether they are part of a program, class or club labeled as “STEM” or not. Every girl and woman is a STEM person; every place is a STEM place. Let’s use our STEMlens, take a look, and share our questions. This is the heart of the #herSTEMlens movement. 

How You Can Get InvolvedHow to get involved in the #herSTEMlens movement

To participate in the #herSTEMlens virtual exhibition, we invite you to:

Encourage girls to post their own #herSTEMlens by:

  • Capturing a personalized photo of how you see the world around you that inspires you to think about STEM
  • Adding a question or idea that other girls and women can share and discuss

Posting your #herSTEMlens on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, or Facebook. Don’t forget to tag us so we can see your contribution, repost, and also include in the curated virtual exhibition.

Or, simply share the image above to help spread the word! 

Make sure to link your post to this blog post or add it to your Linktree for Instagram.

Here’s a Tweetable message you can include:

Now through May 31st, @talkingSTEM will be hosting its #herSTEMlens photo and video exhibition campaign to encourage her to share what she sees, and above all, remember that every space is a STEM space and every girl is a STEM girl. 

Remember that the artwork featured in the exhibition will change each month from our launch date of February 11, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, to May 31. So you can enjoy the images, videos, and STEM moments multiple times within this window! As Seen In, media relevant to #herSTEMlens

Educator Resources

We hope that all K-12 educators, after-school educators, homeschooling groups, and families will enjoy the Her STEMlens exhibition experience, supported by our Community Partners including NGCP. 

 A Note to Parents and Educators

The exhibition is made up of contributions by girls and women and we know that both girls and boys will enjoy viewing the exhibition. The content is equally relatable to all genders and our goal is to first, demonstrate girls’ and women’s STEM mindsets at work in real-world settings. Contributors to the exhibition range from elementary-aged children to accomplished women in STEM-integrated careers. Second, our goal is to empower all girls and women to be inspired by the contributors and share their own #HerSTEMlens images on social media. 

Boys can use the #STEMlens hashtag to share. Our team will be reposting and celebrating all contributions and selecting from #HerSTEMlens images and videos to populate the March, April, and May exhibitions. We are excited to see what you see, no matter where you are! We are grateful to our community partners, Chick TechNational Girls Collaborative ProjectMillion Women Mentors, and Nepris.

Make sure to check out these documents to further engage your children after they view the exhibition. We have included a Her STEMlens Student Activity Sheet, a Her STEMlens Gallery Guide, and a Her STEMlens Quest. Our goal is to foster STEM mindsets and identity amongst all girls and women as well as to enjoy the STEM mindsets of girls and women whose images, videos, and questions are featured in the exhibition. Additionally, we know that each visitor will interact differently with the exhibits and hope to hear the thoughts and questions sparked in the minds of boys, girls, men, and women who view the exhibits.

We hope that lots of women and girls will continue to share #herSTEMlens photos/videos on social media. Maybe you will see your contributions on the walls of the exhibition!

Take me to the Virtual Exhibition

Her STEMlens is dedicated to the memory of Ekta Vashdev Kishnani (Geetu) - mother, daughter, sister, friend - who lost her life to COVID-19 on February 6, 2021.   She represents the women everywhere, who service anchors and guiding light to the families, communities, and the world.  It is because of women like Ekta that this exhibition is possible. Learn more at Thrive Global.

Dr. Koshi Dhingra headshotDr. Koshi Dhingra has dedicated her career to STEM education and is passionate about having every child live up to their potential. Seeing a lack of girls and other underrepresented youth in STEM programs, she founded talkSTEM in 2015 to address the imbalance. She has a doctorate in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University, has years of experience teaching in graduate and undergraduate programs, and has held leadership roles in universities. She advises and collaborates with a broad range of educational institutions globally. Dr. Dhingra began her career teaching science in middle and high school in New York. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs.