'Girls of Energy' Launched… U. S. Department of Energy's Office of Economic Impact and Diversity: Engage Diverse Populations in STEM Education & Inspire the Next Generation of Scientists

January 08, 2017

By Dr. Ronnie B. Lowenstein

As a recently appointed Ambassador to the Minorities of Energy initiative, I was delighted to be invited by the Director of The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, Dr. LaDoris Harris, to attend an official launch of Girls of Energy on December 9th 2016 at Excel Academy, the first all-girls charter school in Washington DC. This e-learning initiative has been designed to ignite curiosity and engage young minds across the globe by spotlighting exceptional women who are conquering today’s energy challenges and creating tomorrow’s technology solutions.

The Girls of Energy ebook, GOE_eBook.pdf (14.1 MB), allows users to explore lesson plans, mission based challenges, videos and website information that not only convey the importance of energy to every aspect of life, but also highlight the cutting edge energy research and technology being developed by extraordinary female scientists at the U. S. Department of Energy’s National Laboratories.

On a sunny winter day in December, over 150 female middle school students at Excel Academy were encouraged by esteemed presenters who urged them to believe in themselves, to explore the world, to be fearless in their pursuit not only of a career, but also of a purpose to impact the world, solve global challenges and ‘Excel.’ The youth were further motivated by hands on demonstrations led by enthusiastic DOE staff and research scientists from the National Labs, including Rebecca Erikson (innovative technologies specialist) and Dr. J’Tia Hart (nuclear energy specialist). See photo gallery below.

See also the article and photo gallery NetGeneration of Youth Cyberjournalist L. Noir Carr Inspired by US Department of Energy’s displays at T.C. Williams High School’s Noche De Ciencias (Night of Science) The words and images of a pre launch event capture the excitement of the annual Noche de Ciencias (Night of Science ) held annually at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria Virginia.

Bravo to the DOE leaders who designed The Girls of Energy resources to inspire females and minorities as the next generation of inventors, researchers and scientists, thereby ensuring America has the innovation capacity to solve global challenges.

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