About STEM Girl Social Network
The goal of STEM Girl Social Network is to close the gender gap in engineering and technology by exposing girls to women professionals and engineering projects at an age where girls see the biggest drop off in math and science interest. Studies show that female role models greatly influence young girl’s career aspirations.
SGSN teaches in-person and online classes for girls in web development, coding, math, and ACT prep. The classes that are coming soon are 3-D modeling and mechanical engineering. Her belief is that girls will feel more comfortable learning from women and be able to see themselves in these careers.
-Coding and Cocktails for women 21+
-Online Web-Development Summer Camp for girls 10-17
-Fall Web-Design Bootcamp at Michigan Science Center
About the Founder Miesha Jihan Williamson
Miesha is the founder of STEM Girl Social Network which teaches in-person and online classes for girls in web-development, math and ACT prep. Her belief is that girls will feel more comfortable learning from women and be able to see themselves in these careers. Previously, Miesha has lent her instructional skills at the University of Chicago Charter Schools and taught computer science at the University of Chicago Summer Camps. After teaching the children of Chicago’s elite, she decided to use her teaching and developmental skills building with students who normally couldn’t access that level of instruction. Miesha has taught web development for a City of Chicago funded program geared towards economically disadvantaged teens and youth offenders on the west side of Chicago. Miesha also has served as an elite math and ACT/SAT prep tutor for 12 years. She is able to raise a student’s ACT score an average of 5 points with 6 sessions or less.
As a college sophomore at the University of Michigan, Miesha worked on a research project that created math programs for Detroit Public Schools students and fell in love with working to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged youth who lacked access to technology. After college, Miesha worked as a quality improvement engineer in the automotive industry. Two years ago she made her first step toward a career in STEM Education, taking on the challenge of teaching herself web design and software development so she could teach this skill to girls. While Miesha loves engineering, she loves inspiring the future generation who may not think that engineering is a career option for them even more.