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BEYOND THE BOX

ɂ PHOTO BY NATALIE CHITWOOD

Megan Hampton and
Fatou Jammeh are
photographed in 2019
in New York.

IBMer Megan Hampton
Advocates STEM Education
By Courtney Welu
n addition to her job as an advisory software engineer at IBM,
Megan Hampton wears another
hat as an advocate for girls' education in STEM, both in the United
States and abroad.
"People rallied around me to
support and push me, and so I
think I need to do the same so that
we can have more young girls and
girls of different colors and backgrounds join in and really grow the
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To help girls interested in
STEM, Hampton hosted an annual
#SheCanSTEM event where she
designed a day for high school
sophomore girls interested in
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girls completed a Python challenge,
a Raspberry Pi demo and designed

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#SheCanSTEM pins from scratch,
among many other activities meant
to foster an interest in technology.
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last year to encourage high school
girls to pursue STEM subjects and
to show them that they can have
careers in technology.
Fatou Jammeh, Hampton's mentee, inspired the #SheCanSTEM
event. "She had so much potential,
but she wasn't thinking of pursuing
any STEM-related careers because
she hadn't met anyone who looked
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thought, 'I need to expose her to engineering.' I told her about myself,
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eyes to the point where she became
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women from Newburgh Free Academy P-TECH. Hampton planned
every detail, designing several
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panel of female IBMers, Tina
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Space tour, a Python challenge, an
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a Raspberry Pi demo. Learn more
about last year's #SheCanSTEM
event at bit.ly/3aQTXHa.
At this year's event, Hampton
changed up the Python challenge
and demo segments. A design
thinking segment addressed girls
who like technology but might not
be interested in engineering.
Hampton also recently visited
a refugee camp in Malawi where
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girls how to code (learn more in
"Megan Hampton Helps Teach
African Refugees How to Code"
on page 8). Hampton found that
many of the girls, even though they
wanted to be at the event, feared
asking questions and speaking
up. The girls that Hampton met in
#SheCanSTEM often have the same
fears of being perceived as less
intelligent or being ridiculed for
not knowing something. It's a fear
Hampton understands well as a
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"We're not exposing young
women to saying you can do it,
you're smart enough, you're capaÆÉQÃ1!'V$ÉÃ%&$! ÃÉ !'Ã&!ÃÈ!Ã&QXÃ
Hampton says. "If they don't have
the support system, where else are
they going to look? So, then they shy
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is dedicated to creating this support system and encouraging more
young girls to ask questions, be curious and make themselves heard.
Hampton's work through
#SheCanSTEM is an encouragement to young women across the
world that technology is an option
for them. She plans to hold the
event annually to encourage young
women to pursue STEM careers.

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From the editor
Currents: IBMer Megan Hampton helps teach African refugees how to code
Currents: Introducing 2020 first-time IBM Z Champions
Currents: Solutions
Partner POV: How to build a modern mainframe computing workforce
Cover Story: Enhancing Cloud Computing: IBM and Red Hat combination provides advances to help IBM Z clients embrace open computing environments
Feature: Cloud Native Development Packaged in a Self-Service Platform: IBM Wazi for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces helps close the skills gap, improve productivity and speed time to market
TECH Showcase: Learn about the winners of the 2019 Master the Mainframe competition
Hot Topics: IBM's ServerPac installation using IBM z/OSMF streamlines software management
Tech Bits: Why applications should drive your infrastructure requirements
Tech Bits: Ask the expert: The IBM z/OS Container Extension trial feature
Beyond the Box: Megan Hampton advocates STEM education
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z July/Aug 2020 - Cover Story: Enhancing Cloud Computing: IBM and Red Hat combination provides advances to help IBM Z clients embrace open computing environments
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z July/Aug 2020 - Tech Bits: Why applications should drive your infrastructure requirements
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z July/Aug 2020 - Tech Bits: Ask the expert: The IBM z/OS Container Extension trial feature
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