Los Angeles, CA – March 8, 2021 – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – City of
STEM, Los Angeles’ largest annual science initiative, kicks off this
year’s virtual festival on Saturday, March 27th with over 21 hours of
programming from Los Angeles’ vast and diverse STEM community -- including
everything from science rock bands to NASA engineers piloting the Mars
Perseverance Rover. This year’s festival will highlight programming
focused on Women in STEM and feature content created by the City of
Downey’s Columbia Memorial Space Center Girls in STEM Club in partnership
with the Los Angeles County Office of Education and sponsored by Financial
Partners Credit Union.
“City of STEM is a platform to unite the diversity of Greater Los
Angeles, rallying the public around science and drawing attention to the
region’s continued national importance in research, education and
industry, from aerospace to biotech,” said Ben Dickow, City of STEM
organizer, and President of the Columbia Memorial Space Center. “We are
proud to honor and celebrate the vast contributions of Women in STEM
during National Women’s Month and throughout the year.”
Among the Women in STEM slated to speak at the festival are:
- Jenny Krusoe, Founding Executive Director of the Port of Los
Angeles’ AltaSea - an innovative ocean sustainability and marine
science campus who will be receiving the 2021 City of STEM Icon Award
- Diana Trujillo, NASA Engineer and Flight Director for the current Mars
While additional presenters and topics will be added, Women in STEM
streams confirmed include:
"Female Star Sailors: Past, Present and Future"
Evelyn E Perkins Education Foundation in collaboration with DoV Club and
Kids That Code. The show will introduce Viewers to Space and the Female
Trailblazers that have visited including Dr. Mae Jemison, Dr. Sally Reid,
Sunita Williams and Ellen Ochoa.
Live Science Experiment with Boundless Brilliance
Boundless Brilliance brings free, empowering STEM workshops to local
elementary schools. They aim to educate, empower, and engage students in
order to close the gender gap in STEM, envisioning a future of STEM
leadership that is as diverse as the world in which we live.
"Who Wants to Be a Robotics Engineer?"
Presented by the founder of SoLA (South LA) Robotics, Jennifer Lashley.
Robotics Teams will join forces to answer some wacky questions with your
help! Join us for this engineering and robotics challenge. Be there when
we “Ask the Audience” or “Phone a Friend” as we lock in the final answers.
"The La Brea Tar Pits: Hildegarde Howard and Giving a Hoot About Fossil
Presentation about the woman who was instrumental to early Archaeology
and is presented by Laura Tewksbury, paleontologist at the La Brea Tar
A spotlight on pioneer paleornithologist Hildegarde Howard (1901-1998),
often referred to as the "Mother of Paleornithology," whose 150 papers not
only set the standard for the research of fossil birds, but also pushed
the envelope of what was considered an appropriate career for a woman. In
addition, we introduce an activity teaching viewers how we record the
positional data of our fossils, using simple methods and materials to
graph anything from bird bones, to coins, to a pile of leaves. Feel free
to stick around for Q&A with our Museum paleontologist, Laura
"Nature en mi Comunidad"
Sustainability and conservation efforts among women leaders and
communities of color in the San Gabriel Valley.
And, the Girls in STEM Club at the Columbia Memorial Space Center will
debut short films of themselves portraying their favorite female
scientists and highlighting their achievements. These shorts will play
throughout the day.
“Financial Partners was founded more than 80 years ago on the very site
of the Columbia Memorial Space Center by employees of North American
Aviation -- some of our members were those who took Neil Armstrong to the
moon. We proudly support STEM education as a nod to this rich heritage and
believe STEM jobs will build strong communities,” said Nader Moghaddam,
President and CEO of Financial Partners Credit Union and Chairman of the
Columbia Memorial Space Center. “The contributions of women to Los
Angeles’ rich history and present-day innovation have been significant and
we’re proud to celebrate Women and Girls in STEM.”
“Los Angeles is an innovation incubator — a place where the world comes
to develop new ideas and pioneer groundbreaking technologies,” said Los
Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “City of STEM is an opportunity for L.A. to
showcase a science, technology, and engineering ecosystem that is creating
new opportunities every day and putting L.A. at the center of a global
movement to envision tomorrow and build it today.”
About Financial Partners Credit Union
Member-owned and not for profit,
Financial Partners Credit Union is dedicated to helping Californians build
better financial lives. With more than $1.7 billion in assets and branches
from San Francisco to San Diego, including new branches in Mission Viejo,
Irvine and Seal Beach, membership is open to everyone who lives, works, or
attends school in Southern California; in addition to the City of South
San Francisco and Alameda, California. Visit FPCU.org or call 844.TRY.FPCU
About City of STEM
City of STEM is Greater L.A.’s own, homegrown and original celebration of
STEM. Organized by the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, CA, City
of STEM brings together 100+ STEM organizations from education, civic and
business sectors to work for the common cause of strengthening the STEM
identity and access to STEM resources to all people within the Greater Los
Angeles area. The vision is that everyone feels surrounded by STEM.
About the Columbia Memorial Space Center
The Columbia Memorial Space Center, in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey,
CA, is a space museum and hands-on STEM learning center dedicated to its
mission “to ignite a community of critical and creative thinkers.” Located
on the former site where the Apollo space capsules that traveled to the
moon and all of the Space Shuttles were designed and built, the Space
Center serves as the official living tribute to the Space Shuttle
Columbia. The Center connects with the public through engaging educational
programs, compelling exhibits, and unique events, such as City of STEM.