EY STEM Tribe platform launches in Seattle and Atlanta

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Ernst & Young U.S. has launched pilot programs of its EY STEM Tribe mobile platform in Seattle and Atlanta to help female students, ages 13-18, pursue more career opportunities across science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Previously launched in India to 6,000 students, the EY STEM Tribe platform engages students on mobile devices via gamified STEM-based programs. Developed with Tribal Planet, a Silicon Valley-based company, EY STEM Tribe includes modules focused on subjects such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and stories of women working in STEM. The EY STEM Tribe platform is part of the Big Four firm's Women in Technology initiative, aimed at increasing female representation across the technology field.

The EY STEM Tribe platform incentivizes learning by having its users earn points through activities such as reading articles, interviewing members of the STEM community or watching educational videos. Users can then redeem their points for experiences such as virtual mentoring sessions on résumé building and interview skills, or donate funds to a nonprofit of their choice.

In Seattle, the EY STEM Tribe platform was introduced to 60 girls over the course of two events co-hosted by Junior Achievement of Washington. Attendees participated in a STEM quiz competition and were introduced to the platform by 19 EY U.S. volunteers.

“Technology is shaping the future of jobs, and despite that, there is a considerable gender gap in STEM-related industries," said Tim Tasker, managing partner of EY’s Seattle office, per a statement. "It is our hope that the EY STEM Tribe platform will open new doors for girls, and help them develop a passion for STEM careers."

The Atlanta event, held at Peachtree Charter Middle School, was attended by approximately 490 students. Ten EY U.S. volunteers were on hand to guide the session and introduce participants to the EY STEM Tribe platform.

“At EY, we’re committed to helping women have equal opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and math industries," stated Glenn Mitchell, managing partner of EY's Atlanta office. "It’s encouraging to know this platform and our professionals can support girls in our community as they incorporate STEM as a part of their ongoing education.”

For more on the EY STEM Tribe platform, head to the firm's site here.

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