On Saturday, Dec. 8, City Light hosted 25 young women from the SPIN Girls group for our first ever STEAM in Power Workshop. Our Community Outreach team created the program, partnering with the Lighting Design Lab to host the event and with STEM Paths Innovation Network (SPIN), a Seattle non-profit dedicated to creating equity and opportunities for youth to succeed in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).
The interactive workshop included a tour of the lab, a brief introduction to City Light and our mission, an Electricity 101 lesson, hands-on building of electrical circuits and a meet-and-greet activity featuring 16 women from across the utility who work in a variety of STEAM fields, including engineering, skilled trades, environmental , customer care, financial services and the technical arts.
Haya Muñoz, SPIN Girls program manager, shared that “these young ladies are dedicated to learning more about STEAM. With thoughtfully planned Field Days like this, they are getting an opportunity to learn how City Light uses STEM and to see women working in the STEM fields. The hands-on activity of learning basic circuitry showed these young ladies how it works and how it connects into our day-to-day lives. Partnerships such as these are valuable as they provide opportunities and support for empowering young ladies in our community to be a scientist, mathematician, electrician, or any STEAM-related careers; to show them the possibilities of what they can be and what they can achieve.”