Women are extremely under-represented in the field of STEM research, compared to men. We need to inspire more girls to get involved and show them the opportunities that they have if they continue down that path. We need to better support women who are currently in the field of STEM research. The purpose of my project is to support researchers through their projects, inspire younger children to become involved, and employ older, more experienced women to help educate the young learners and give advice/mentor the young adults conducting research, or just people who want to learn more. The structure will connect women with employers and opportunities to advance women in the STEM research field. While there are many programs with this theme, I am not aware of any centers directly for this purpose.
Phase One- define project
This building is for female-identifying people of all ages from around the United States who have a interest in or are actively engaged in STEM-related research. Of course, anyone is welcome to visit however. It is located in urban Washington D.C., so there is improved access for visitors since it is a major metropolitan area on the highly populated East Coast.
My building will have the basics, like restrooms and a snack shack, but it will also need a space for inspiring exhibits, like history of famous women researchers, education on different fields, and interactive areas. I will include flexible labs for students to experiment and learn, and for researchers to conduct their work. The space will also have conference rooms for meetings and panels, and offices for conducting virtual programs and administration.
Phase Two- site analysis
Below are pictures of my proposed location for the STEM Center in Washington D.C.
Phase Three- Designing
Here is the design process! I started with a bubble diagram to get the general idea of what the building would look like. Then I created a floor plan to nail down the design, which translated to a site plan of what the outside of the building would look like. After that are some of my preliminary exterior design ideas.
To get this final perspective and model of the my designed building, I used a program called SketchUp to show the appearance of my project. After I made the model, I was able to gather helpful feedback from my classmates, family, and teacher, Mr. Schwartz to further develop and work out any kinks in the design.
Please share any comments or answer the questions below!
- Is STEM research something that interests you?
- How effective do you think this project is in addressing my question of helping women get more involved in STEM research?
- What is something you would add to make my project more successful?
- Would you visit this building?