The future is bright
At 5:15 a.m., Patricia McDonald wakes up with a smile. The energetic Ciena employee remembers the 6th grade STEM initiative that changed her life, and she’s excited about the opportunity to pay it forward. Empowerment through exposure. It’s how an interest becomes a passion. It’s how to engage the great minds of the future. And it’s how the *SPARK* S.T.E.M Day, spearheaded by Patricia and her Women@Ciena colleagues, became a reality.
The outreach program was created in support of the national “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” to spark the interest and fuel the passion of local students in STEM education. First-generation girls and gifted bright minds from a successful but underserved public high school in north metro Atlanta were invited to spend the day with Ciena to see firsthand the impact women have in technology today, and the opportunities that a career path in STEM fields offers.