LAUNCH Program Helps High School Girls Pursue STEM Careers

Prepare for STEM Careers

Fortyx80 and the Pittsburgh Technology Council are accepting applications for the 2021 LAUNCH program which helps high school girls pursue a successful career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). The program transforms the natural curiosity of high school girls into a voice of leadership in the STEM industry. Participants receive $250 upon completion of the program.

What does the program offer?

  • Experiential learning through on-site visit into the tech industry.
  • Customized lessons aligned to the PA Career Education and Work standards.
  • Opportunities to explore careers through job shadowing.
  • Opportunities for participants to build personal and professional networks.
  • Opportunities to explore post high school education through on-campus or virtual open house visits.
  • Access to a female industry professional as a STEM mentor.
  • Access to an on-staff career coach and educational consultant.
  • Support with developing an interactive, online portfolio that highlights personal talents and skills, student resumes, and online presence.
  • Helps students identify their personal leadership style, interests, and strengths.
  • A capstone project in the form of an advocacy plan with the integration of tech.

Program Duration

The program is offered in person from October 22 – 24, 2021 at the Pittsburgh Technology Council office (100 S. Commons, Suite 172, Pittsburgh, PA 15212). Virtual follow up calls will be included via Zoom. Chromebooks will be provided to each participant.

Who is eligible?

This program is open to high school girls in 10th or 11th grade who are interested in gaining career and leadership skills in the world of STEM.

More Information

To learn more about the LAUNCH program, visit the program website. For questions, contact Marie Pelloni, Director of Talent Attraction and STEM Development, at For more news, see our other posts.


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