High School

Girls in STEMM - Real World Experience

Students' Reflections:

We visited ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest gas and oil companies, where we got to tour the labs and learn about the company's history, how they operate, and their focus on sustainability both within the employee community and in society at large. Several women leaders at ExxonMobil also spoke about their career journeys in the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) industry, sharing how important their school years were in exploration and building the foundation for their current intellectual, leadership, and adaptive capabilities.  Yiwen Lu & Sophia Chak
“I really enjoyed our trip to ExxonMobil’s Shanghai Technology Center – seeing the concepts we learn in school put into action in their innovative, high-tech facilities was very cool. Additionally, being able to hear from women leaders in STEMM speak about their career journeys was extremely insightful and inspiring.”  Elie Wang

Program Overview:  Women make up only 28% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and men vastly outnumber women majoring in most STEM fields in college. The gender gaps are particularly high in some of the fastest-growing and highest-paid jobs of the future, like computer science and engineering.  Girls in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics) is a program organized by SCHSAsia on behalf of the Women Empowerment Council (WEC), an engaged network of leaders and decision-makers that aims to advance gender equality in China to help change this trend.  

Program Purpose: To build a bridge between girls and the professional world to develop their awareness, knowledge, and confidence in STEMM fields. Participants will:

  • Gain real-world insight into professional work environments and the daily life of STEMM jobs
  • Connect with inspiring leaders and role models who are committed to empowering girls
  • Get to know the latest innovations at the world’s leading STEMM companies
  • Access world-class tech centers, office spaces, and labs
  • Learn about the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and impact
  • Build confidence in STEMM and leadership
  • Meet girls from other grades and schools who are passionate about STEMM subjects
  • Experience memorable moments that influence future decision-making

Program Outline: The 11 selected High school students will visit companies and meet with women leaders in five STEMM fields.  These visits will be scheduled once participants are selected, but hopefully will occur after school on Wednesdays once or twice a month.


The girls who traveled were Sophia Chak, Annelie Chang, Eiry Du, Ellina Ho, Yoomin Jeong, Yiwen Lu, Sue Lu, Yunxuan Shen, Cathy Tu, Elie Wang, and Ashley Yu.