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Thinking BIG with BIG DATA!

An in-person event for 200 Richmond Public Schools’ students featuring hands-on STEM activities, workshops from professionals, and career prospects for young talent.



In collaboration with Microsoft, GiSTEM is hosting “Thinking Big with Big Data,” a one-day, in-person event for 9th-12th grade students of Richmond Public Schools on October 2, 2023, at Dewey Gottwald Center, West Leigh Street, Richmond, Virginia. The event will focus on preparing young talent for big data and artificial intelligence-based careers through workshops by leading tech organizations.


Shatara Weaver, Vice President of GiSTEM, shared this about the upcoming event: “There is no doubt that Big Data and Machine Learning play significant roles in economic sustainability. With this event, GiSTEM, along with Microsoft, aim to introduce our future generations to STEM+B fields, and help them dream big with artificial intelligence and big data, ultimately enabling them to create a more sustainable future for the world.”


GiSTEM understands that it is crucial for the younger generations to learn how to approach real-world problems in a creative and scientific way, since modern problems demand modern solutions. Hence, educating the next generation in STEM-based learning is becoming increasingly important for schools and parents. Investigating how technological improvements might encourage and increase student engagement towards STEM is crucial since society urgently needs to engage students in STEM.


LaToya Mayfield, President of GiSTEM, elaborated further: “In order for students to achieve, they must have the information and abilities necessary to advance toward a bright future. We are all aware that a large part of who we are today is a result of our upbringing and early experiences. Hence, in order to prepare our children for a prosperous future, we must inspire them to lead a STEM-based lifestyle. Thinking Big with Big Data will help students experience what a STEM-based career would be like.”


GiSTEM, established in January 2019, is a nonprofit organization that advocates for girls who desire to become STEM professionals. They share the fundamental skills needed for girls to be prepared and successful in STEM-based careers. They ensure that each girl has exposure to resources, obtains transferable skills and develops the mindset to be a STEM professional.


Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, United States. Along with their software products, the company also focuses on various CSR and educational activities. In the educational front, they offer solutions with a focus on the needs of the students that enable all kids to learn fairly and achieve success in the classroom and beyond.


Powered by Microsoft, GiSTEM’s “Thinking Big with Big Data” is all set to enable a more sustainable future by introducing STEM+B, Big Data, and AI careers to the young and talented minds.

  • Are you a RPS High School student interested in this event? Ask your teacher to connect you with RPS Partnerships.

  • Are you a professional interested in volunteering? Submit your interest here.

  • Interested in sponsoring this event? Check out our sponsorship levels here.


Event Details:

Place: Dewey Gottwald Center 2301 West Leigh Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220

Date: October 2, 2023

Time: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm


Host Details:

GiSTEM: A nonprofit organization that instill confidence, inspire determination, influence critical thinking, and promote teamwork while molding the minds of girls for the future of true innovation.

Microsoft: Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, United States. Microsoft's best-known software products are the Windows line of operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers.


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