Introduce a Girl to STEAM Day:
April 18th 2020
The fifth-annual Introduce a Girl to STEAM event is about inspiring middle school girls and their guardians to STEM and STEAM Careers.
Introduce a Girl to STEAM is part of a commitment by our event sponsors who have partnered to create a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) initiative that supports educational values consistent with STEM/STEAM disciplines within Prince William County Public Schools.
Thank you to our sponsors:
- Lockheed Martin
- State Farm
- Daly Computers
- Corning Foundation
- Iron Mountain
- Lockheed Martin
- Louis A. Balboni Science Fund
- ST Math
- Progeny Systems
- PWC Service Authority
Together we inspire young minds and open doors for our students to become innovative and intuitive global 21st century learners and leaders.
The first 200 students to register will be eligible to win prizes (gift cards, Apple Air Pods, and more)
Samaira is a 9-year-old 3rd grader who invented a STEM coding board game called CoderBunnyz, which helps teach coding to kids age 4-104 in a playful way. She has given more than 40 workshops with her board game in Silicon Valley, teaching over 1400 kids, including 50+ at Google HQ. She started a non-profit called Girls U Code to teach coding to underrepresented girls. She’s honored to have received a letter from Michelle Obama and has been featured on NBC, Sony, ZDF, Mercury News, sina.com and other media outlets in 11 countries on 3 continents. She was the youngest speaker at CMG Impact 2016: Women in Tech, and has been a speaker at tech events in Silicon Valley and beyond. She is a singer, composer and an active blog writer.
Vice President, Senior Technology Strategist
Mr. Simms currently serves as a VP, Senior Technology Strategist for Wells Fargo where he leads the efforts to deliver an enterprise technology strategy and roadmap that will guide and provide the inter-relationships for technology innovation, architecture, infrastructure, applications and security with attention to risk and desired business outcomes. Mr. Simms as a strong advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) and has work relentlessly in the community to develop such programs as “Introduce a Girl to STEAM Day” which has been held for the past four years at Benton Middle School in Manassas VA. and has impacted over 1000 female students and their parents. He led the implementation and design of the GEMS Club (Girls Excelling in Math & Science) and led the Benton Middle School 1st year Cyber Patriot team to 3rd place in the State of Virginia.
Director of Information Technology Services
AJ Phillips is the Director of Information Technology Services for Prince William County Public Schools in Manassas, Virginia. Ms. Phillips has occupied this position for the past three years. She is an experienced educator with a total of 21 years in education, with 6 of those years focused on instructional technology. Ms. Phillips received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Oswego with a major in Elementary Education. She completed her Masters of Education from George Mason University in 1999, and her Masters of Science in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton in 2008. In 2015 she was recognized by the Center for Digital Education as one of the top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers. The Fall 2016 Toggle Magazine issue also acknowledged Ms. Phillips for helping to build schools of the future with student achievement as the foundation.