To stay competitive, we not only need more US citizens to aspire to pursue engineering, we need far more diversity among them -- more women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and others who are greatly under-represented in undergraduate and graduate engineering programs today. There many reasons diversity matters in the world of engineering, especially given demographic trends.
There's a way to bring more girls and women into science, technology, engineering and math – and that's "making sure there's a girl-friendly environment," said Meeta Sharma-Holt, executive director of Techbridge, which works to encourage and support girls in STEM. "It really involves making sure that girls really have artistry and STEM mixed together. That lends itself really well to maker activity...
In an effort to measure students’ understanding of basic engineering and technology principles, a new national assessment aims to move beyond multiple-choice questions and instead focus on troubleshooting in real-world scenarios. For example, students are tasked with designing a healthier habitat for a pet iguana, or building safer bike lanes in a city. If that innovation is the good news, here is the flipside: Overall, just 43 percent of U.S. eighth graders tested met or exceeded the benchmark for proficiency on the exam...
Repeated evidence has shown girls can excel and enjoy work in science, technology, engineering and math, but they still are receiving negative messages from society about their participation in these fields, so they often don't pursue them. According to Girls Inc., a group that gets girls involved in STEM activities, only 1 in 10 women of color are engineers. Evidence suggests they become discouraged at a young age...
Women in STEM, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics earn 33% more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men. Personally, I would add sales, technology sales, and a career that provided support, unlimited earning potential and flexibility in my own life. STEM is not about coding, it's about having computers in classrooms, exposing children to technology at an early age.
At first glance, it’s easy to characterize the lack of women in technology and entrepreneurship as a pipeline problem. The statistics are tellingly bleak -- Girls Who Code reports that about 74 percent of young girls express interest in STEM fields and computer science. And yet, by the time they make decisions about what to study and where to start their careers, something happens.
At the Women in Innovation Forum in New York (WIN), Marie Claire partnered up with host and French tech entrepreneur, Catherine Barba. After founding WIN in Paris, Barba recently brought the annual conference to the United States -- where she has since moved -- to further women's upward mobility in the male-dominated tech industry.
For too many students, college is a time to give up on dreams of pursuing a science, technology, engineering or math career - and this is especially true for women and minorities. From 2009 to 2013, approximately 22 percent of women entered college intending to major in STEM fields, but only 9 percent of women nationally actually earned a STEM degree.
Despite valiant efforts to recruit more women, the gender gap in the fields collectively known as STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and math -- is not getting any better. The gaps in computer science and engineering are the largest of any major STEM discipline. Nationally, less than 20% of bachelor’s degrees in these fields go to women. Women are missing out on great jobs, and society is missing out on the innovations women could be making in new technology.
When I was a child, my father bought me a Tandy computer with a book about BASIC, and I taught myself programming. That skill lifted me out of poverty and put me on the path toward launching my own IT consulting business. I was lucky. Unfortunately, that life-changing opportunity is not available to most kids growing up in this country.