STEM has traditionally been thought of as the domain of men, and “geeky” ones at that. There’s considerable effort being made to redefine it to be much more inclusive, particularly to women. Part of this involves creating learning environments and using teaching methods that include more “female” ways of learning.
Clinton, speaking as part of the university’s “Unique Lives & Experiences” women lecture series, noted some 6,000 students are enrolled in SJSU’s engineering program but said women are losing ground in STEM.
If the tech sector is to increase the number of women in its workforce, schools must develop robust, mandatory computer science programs in the K-12 education stage, according to a prominent advocate for women in tech.
The fact is, women still make up less than a quarter of the STEM workforce in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. The good news is that there are some amazing people, organizations, and companies working to remedy this.
As fun as these games were, the chances are that you didn't learn anything (other than how to maximise your chances of getting repetitive strain injury). But now a new 21st-century arcade machine from a talented English teenager is merging the fun of its famous antecedents with a higher purpose of educating its players.
The stubbornly low number of female computer science students in the United States has generated a pile of academic studies, ample hand-wringing and a wide-ranging discussion in tech and education circles about what can be done to boost the number of women choosing computing careers.
Even as women have made big strides in once-male-dominated professions such as law and medicine, they've been left far behind when it comes to computer science, a lucrative discipline that is a primary driver of the 21st century economy.