FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (February 14, 2018)
5525 Mills Civic Parkway, Suite 105
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Iowa Native Opens STEM Learning Center for Young Women
Des Moines, Iowa: Urbandale native, Meredith Smith, will open the doors of TigerLily STEM in West Glen Town Center in March. Meredith graduated from Iowa State University in 2010, with a degree in chemical engineering. To address the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields, she founded TigerLily STEM to provide STEM tutoring, classes, mentoring and leadership development to young women in grades K-12.
Women hold 24% of STEM jobs and just 14% of engineers are women, according to the US Department of Commerce (source). “I’ve always been passionate about getting more women into STEM fields. As I looked back on my experiences, I thought about what I would have appreciated along my STEM journey. I built the TigerLily STEM model on this retrospective analysis. Our mission is to improve the representation of women in STEM one personalized interaction at a time while creating communities of young women who are passionate about STEM and can support and encourage each other as they navigate their individual journeys,” says Meredith Smith.
Meredith has been tutoring and teaching STEM classes in venues around Des Moines for the past seven months and is excited to open a dedicated space for TigerLily STEM next to West End Salvage in the West Glen Town Center. “We are ecstatic to have a beautiful, fun, creativity-inspiring space for these young women to enjoy,” says Smith.
TigerLily STEM offers flexible tutoring packages in all K-12 STEM subjects, including AP classes, as well as creative, collaborative STEM classes such as circuit art, slime chemistry, candy science and coding with robots, which also incorporate leadership development activities. All tutors and instructors are either majoring or working in STEM fields and are passionate about getting more young women into STEM careers. Learn more at tigerlilystem.com.
“I am so thrilled we found TigerLily STEM! I was looking for these types of opportunities for my daughter because she's always loved doing science experiments. I can't say enough how amazing these classes have been for her. Not only do they teach her all the science her 6 year old mind craves but they concentrate on developing her leadership skills as well. I couldn't more pleased with these classes. Please try them out I guarantee your girls would love it!” - Sharlene Yuille (Customer Facebook Review - source)
About: TigerLily STEM is a locally owned and operated business focusing on empowering young women through STEM tutoring, classes, mentoring & leadership development. Learn more at tigerlilystem.com.