Most girls are first taught how to save by banking their coins in a jar or piggy bank at the early age of five. While direct lessons from parents can help shape a child’s perception of money and finances, experts agree that the most effective education is through demonstration (Fast Company).
Educational techco littleBits is partnering with The Walt Disney Company to close the gender gap in STEM through a one-year pilot project called Snap the Gap. Launching in California, 15,000 ten-year-old girls will be given a building kit to invent and play with their creations, provided by Disney, a subscription to the educational platform JAM.com, and a female mentor who can help them develop in STEM.
We often appreciate the contributions of famous scientists such as Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. But it’s also important to reflect on the accomplishments of scientists from underrepresented populations who overcame several obstacles to achieve extraordinary feats.
Online education was once hailed as a potential equalizer, offering science, technology, engineering and math skills to everyone regardless of gender, nationality or socioeconomic status. Online, students could avoid stigmas, such as being one of the only women in a class. It didn’t turn out that way.
This week NASA cancelled the first-ever all-woman spacewalk. Why? Unfortunately the correct spacesuit size is unavailable to one of the female astronauts. It's disappointing news in light of it being women's history month but more so because of the urgent need to show women everywhere that we can achieve milestone accomplishments in science and technology together.
The first all-women spacewalk has been cancelled. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain were scheduled to stroll into the vacuum of space on 29 March to change the batteries for some of the International Space Station’s solar panels. Now Nick Hague will replace McClain, because there wasn’t time to put together a spacesuit that would fit her.
North Carolina State University graduate Christina Koch blasted off into space on the first ever all female spacewalk on Thursday. She’s just one of the many women who are paving the way for females entering STEM fields, which include working in and the study of science, technology, engineering and math.
In an effort to close the gender gap in STEM, a $25 million commitment from the Lyda Hill Foundation will help to build a coalition of science institutions along with names and brands in popular culture to help fund and elevate women in STEM fields.
Good intentions are nice, but they aren’t enough, the TV news show 60 Minutes recently proved. The show’s producers apparently meant well when they decided to do a segment on women in technology and the gender gap, which aired March 4. But they ended up punching women in the gut, as the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, puts it in her response to the segment.
The study, published in JAMA, looks at National Institutes of Health grants from 2006 to 2017. Female first-time principal investigators received a median grant of $126,615, across all grant and institution types during that period. First-time male grantees, meanwhile, got $165,721. The difference is just about $40,000 -- arguably enough to make or break a project, or a career.