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Ignite her curiosity! A powerful way to convey that STEM subjects are open to all is by sharing stories of girls and women who love science and technology. Surprisingly, not only is it helpful to introduce girls to real-life women in STEM through biographies, but fictional stories can also serve to forward girls’ interest in STEM. Click HERE to access a list of fictional books for both children and teens staring girls who love science engineering and path.

From analyzing music, tracking down computer crime, to bringing extinct species back to life; there are an incredible amount of fascinating opportunities in the STEM field that many haven’t even heard of. In fact, there will be jobs available for high schoolers currently considering STEM – that don’t even exist yet. So, whether you’re obsessed with video games, or a science-fiction nerd, there are opportunities out there for you to pursue your passion AND thrive in a successful career.

Read this article that describes just 10 of the hundreds of possible careers in STEM to learn more.

Debbie Sterling, founder of GoldieBlox children’s toys explains the problem of why there are so few women in STEM. Watch her two-minute video to hear her opinion of how to fix it.

 

A new study suggests that women’s lack of confidence in their math skills may be one reason for the gender gap in the STEM fields.

The study used a national survey of 5,000 college students enrolled in first-semester calculus. Among all aiming to pursue STEM careers, 35% of women reported that they did not understand calculus well enough to continue to the next semester compared to 14% of men. This results suggest a lack of confidence, rather than a lack of mathematical ability, may be responsible for the high drop-out rate of women pursuing STEM careers. The authors postulate that if women persisted in STEM at the same rate as men Starting in Calculus I, the number of women entering the STEM workforce would increase by 75%.

The study appears in PLOS One.

Exploring career paths and learning about college has never been so fun! Education Planner is a great tool for middle and high school students to participate in engaging, interactive activities, while exploring how to learn about themselves, plan for a career, and even pay for school. Check out the career cluster activity to see what careers you would excel in!

To access the full site, click here.

Engineer Your Life is a fantastic site for high school girls examining whether the field of engineering could be a good fit for them. The site is with loaded dream jobs that depict inspiring women loving what they do, while making a difference. Not only will girls feel excited about the different career possibilities in front of them, they will feel empowered to trust that they can “make it happen” There are also sections for parents and counselors learn more about the various fields of engineering, why engineering is a great career, and how they can advise their students about the field of engineering.

To learn more, click HERE.

SciGirls CONNECT is a national outreach effort to encourage educators to adopt new, research based strategies to engage girls in STEM. Visit www.scigirlsconnect.org and click on RESOURCES to find quick easy ways to supplement your curriculum with activities and videos. You will find low-cost, step-by-step instructions to teach a lesson on any of the following topics: earth & space, engineering & design, health, life & environment, physical science, and technology. With all the lesson planning done for you, all you need to bring is your education and enthusiasm!

The U.S. Department of State has funded a summer program called TechGirls that brings females from across the world to the U.S. for hands on work in STEM. This program helps inspire interests and maintain roles for female students in STEM. The overall goal is to continue improving gender equality and opportunities for women in every field. One student of the program said she feels some of her fellow female students just don’t have the confidence to pursue STEM. However, after participating in TechGirls she feels the female students are more than capable to study STEM they just need the right tools and opportunities. A global-scale program like this will hopefully make a significant difference for gender equality everywhere. Programs like this will also help the next generation of female leaders to confidently be prepared to tackle a successful career in STEM.

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