How New York City is preparing girls for our STEM-focused future

AT&T and the New York City Department of Education have worked on two programs aimed at improving girls’ access to hands on STEM education: New York City’s Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) and Girls Who Code. In our SEP classrooms, middle- and high-schoolers learn programming languages, build robots, and design circuits and video games. Fifty-five percent of these students are black or Latino, and nearly half are female.

Would more girls study computer science if classrooms were 'less geeky'?

As recent Twitter campaigns like #ILookLikeAnEngineer have shown, stereotypes are powerful — perhaps especially in high school, where students are quick to pigeonhole each other (and themselves) into cliques like jocks, cheerleaders, brainiacs, computer geeks, and so on. High school also happens to be where people start to think seriously about what they want to do when they grow up.

GeoGirls take on science at Mount St. Helens

"This is the best classroom ever," said Abegglen as she looked around at the girls working in the field. She also is a volunteer volcano naturalist with the Mount St. Helens Institute. "These girls are having experiences most girls will not have. This is a great opportunity to do science in the field, work with women scientists and have the opportunity to solve real-world problems, collecting real data."

Where Are The Women In Tech? Coding Bootcamps

Also called coding bootcamps, these schools teach basic programming skills to students who typically don’t have previous experience, charging on average about $11,000 for a 10-week course. According to Course Report, which has aggregated data from 63 coding bootcamps in the U.S. and Canada, 38% of these programs’ graduates were women in 2014.

'Disrupting' Tech's Diversity Problem With A Code Camp For Girls Of Color

One nonprofit group, Black Girls CODE, isn't waiting around for more diversity reports. The group is taking action with regular weekend coding seminars for girls of color. And this summer, it's held boot camps where young girls learn the basics of tech design and development. "Organizations like this help bring more people into the pipeline just as much as a diversity board at a large corporation," says Keisha Michelle Richardson, who volunteered to mentor young girls at a camp session in San Francisco. Richardson is entrepreneur and senior software engineer at Westfield Labs.

How can we overcome gender bias in STEM education?

We often talk about the STEM pipeline: If we can just get youth interested STEM and incrementally grow their knowledge, the plumbing will pull them toward opportunities in STEM careers. But research points out that it is not as simple as getting people in the pipeline. A 2011 report indicated women make up 50% of the workforce, but hold less than 25% of STEM positions. And, only one in seven engineers is female. Research also points out that the pipeline may be particularly problematic for women.

How else are women pulling one another into the tech world?

There are all sorts of women out there like Turner, echoing the concerns that Isis Wenger raised about stereotypes in the tech industry. Wenger, a 22-year-old platform engineer, lit up the Internet early this week when she posted a photo of herself with the hashtag #Ilooklikeanengineer. That sparked almost 64 million conversations on Twitter and Instagram by the end of Wednesday, according to Pixlee. On social media, on college campuses and around the tables at tech start-ups, people have been talking about how best to combat those stereotypes.

College Of Southern Maryland Program Attracts Female Students To Engineering

“The aim of Engineer Like a Girl is to create awareness and familiarize high school girls in Southern Maryland with career opportunities in the field of engineering. There are negative stereotypes associated with women’s ability to pursue careers in science and we wanted to replace those with positive images of exciting jobs and opportunities for female engineers,” said Jones, who has a degree in manufacturing engineering.

How The Natural History Museum Is Changing The Ratio Of Women And Minorities in STEM

The 146-year-old institution may be best known for its dinosaur bones and dioramas, but Ellen Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History, sees it taking a pivotal place in the firmament of educational activity. "We are not a school setting," Futter underscores, "but we have from the beginning integrated science and education."

Girls in STEM

Females’ roles in twenty-first century career fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are unique. Emerging in fields dominated by men, females are breaking old barriers. Whether they are responsible for the latest concepts in technology, successful start-up companies, or innovative solutions, it is clear that females are unafraid to make an impact. However, it is easy to recognize that females still face many challenges in STEM fields.

Girls learn the wonders of programming at Eugene robot camp

“I think it’s generational,” Felton said. “I think parents are still kind of thinking that programming and robots are for boys, and volley­ball and dance — it’s more for the girls.” She hopes camps such as i(<3)Robot can help change that mindset. During the camp, the girls have been using Mindstorms EV3 kits made by Lego to construct robotic cars. On the computer with the Mindstorms programming application, they write instructions for the robot, attach wires to the robot body, and download the program into the car. The programming software emphasizes logic and geometry.

2015 Women of Influence Honoree: Kim Reynolds

Reynolds, who has served as lieutenant governor since 2011, is at the forefront of many initiatives in Iowa. Among her accomplishments, she works to advance STEM education in the state, especially among young girls. She helped launch Million Women Mentors to foster that goal. She also works to recruit more women to run for office.

Girls Who Code Teaches Robotics Class To High School Students At Florida International University

During a seven-week summer course put on by the national organization Girls Who Code and hosted by Florida International University, the students conferred with each other as they puzzled out solutions and wrote lines of code at the front of the classroom so the others could follow their logic, then in small groups, tested their results on the robots.

10 Female STEM Stars Under 30

As these rising stars of the tech industry show, women are making an impact on STEM. Given the impressive laundry list of accomplishments already made by all of the women on our list at such a young age, it's safe to say that both they and their careers are something to watch.

Why Is STEM for Girls Important?

Here are some facts about women in STEM jobs... Women fill almost half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, but they hold less than 25% of STEM jobs. When asked to draw a picture of a scientist, only 14% of girl students drew a female scientist. 80% of future jobs require a STEM education. People in STEM jobs earn almost double per hour on average. Currently only 10% of high school girls show an interest in STEM.


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