AITP Members Support STEM Events in Southern California
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Posted by: Al Strong, Association Director
If you live in the Southern
California area, then May 5th of any year is a significant date
Cinco de Mayo or the 5th
of May celebrates the victory of the Mexican troops over the French in the
city of Puebla in 1862 during the Franco-Mexican war. Because much of Southern
California has its roots in the Mexican community, in this area, we celebrate
However on this date in 2013
something new will be celebrated. Many of the people in the Los Angeles area
will spend that date at the California Science Center, the home of the Space
The reason many of your fellow AITP
members will be at the Science center has to do with a worthy cause of helping
and mentoring young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering
& Math, or STEM.
A group called STEM Advantage is raising money and
has put their first annual fundraiser together to finance the program's
scholarship and honor the students selected for the STEM Advantage program.
Those in attendance will get a close up view of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, and
take photos to remember this event.
Stem Advantage is conceived by
Information Technology professionals, and has solicited members of several
groups. This is a prime example of how organizations can work together for a
The people who run this
group come from AITP, from SIM and from the UCLA IS Associates, and all work
harmoniously toward a common goal.
Additionally, several firms have lent
their support toward helping young women enter the STEM areas. They are Toyota
Motors, Toyota Financial Services, Spacex, DirectV, Fox Studios, Counter Point
Systems, Watson Land Company and Cognizant. Cal State Dominguez Hills has taken
the lead in where the Internships will obtain their training.