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March 8, 2021

Johns Hopkins APL to Host Virtual “Girl Power” STEM Event on March 14

Image of a Girl Power 2018 in-person attendee participates in a biomechanics demonstration

A Girl Power 2018 in-person attendee participates in a biomechanics demonstration. This year’s event will be virtual.

Credit: Johns Hopkins APL

Annual Expo Introduces Girls to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) will virtually host “Girl Power,” an opportunity for elementary and middle school girls to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), on Sunday, March 14, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The free event will be accessible through a Zoom webinar and participants do not need to register. An agenda is available on the APL STEM website.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from professional women in STEM careers such as aerospace, computer science, electrical engineering, geology, information technology and space mission engineering.

Girl Power is supported by the APL Women in Technology group, Maryland Space Business Roundtable and Women in Technology of Howard County. During most years, when the event is held in person, more than 600 girls, along with their families, participate.

“Throughout this pandemic, APL has successfully continued to provide students with authentic STEM experiences, even in a virtual environment. Girl Power will be no exception,” said Dwight Carr, who leads the Laboratory’s STEM Program Management Office. “It is as important as ever to strive for gender equity in STEM careers, and Girl Power is one of our many initiatives to achieve that objective.”

APL’s STEM outreach efforts date back to 1976. Today, its related educational initiatives reach about 3,500 students and community residents yearly, through events such as Girl Power, the Maryland MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program, STEM Academy and the ASPIRE high school internship program.

Media contact: Amanda Zrebiec, 240-592-2794,

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