How to Get Girls Into Engineering? Let Them Build Toys

Two Women Launch a Startup Aimed at Giving Girls New Options (and Maybe New Futures). In May 2012 they launched a campaign on Kickstarter to fund the development of their toys, which they dubbed Roominate. The idea: Girls get a set of pastel-colored pieces that they can assemble into a building or any other type of structure. Once the building is built, they can decorate it with the included paper and other embellishments and use the motor to add electrical appliances, fans or anything else that uses power.

Where are the women inventors? Right in front of us

Jobs. Zuckerberg. Williams, Glass, Dorsey and Stone -- or should that be @evan, @noah, @jack and @biz? Einstein. Tesla. Logie Baird. These are the names that will live in holographic halls of fame as icons of innovative thought for eons. There is one small, but not insignificant issue, in this Hall of Wonders. Where are the women?

Engineers toy with science in building doll company

If a University of Illinois engineering student and a recent graduate are successful, girls soon will be accessorizing their dolls with science safety goggles and lab coats instead of hair bows and purses.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Women to Blaze Trails & Embrace STEM Careers

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the day in 1920 when women were granted the right to vote. Nearly 100 years later, we as women have come a long way and pushed many frontiers. But while women have broken through to the cosmos, on Earth we are still being left in the dust, specifically in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields -- better known as STEM.

Encourage Women's Involvement in Tech at an Early Age

The data seems to suggest that while the problem manifests itself in the workplace at startups and large organizations, it begins much earlier on. According to a study by the Girl Scouts of America, only 13 percent of girls say a STEM-related career would interest them. This lack of interest only seems to intensify as time goes on.

Stanford Professor Is First Woman Awarded Fields Medal

Known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics," the Fields Medal was presented to Iranian-born Maryam Mirzakhani today at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul. Mirzakhani, cited for her work on geometry and dynamical systems, was among four recipients this year. "This is a great honor. I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians," Mirzakhani said. "I am sure there will be many more women winning this kind of award in coming years."

40 Percent Of Female Engineers Are Leaving The Field. This Might Be Why.

While all of the efforts channeled towards getting girls to study science, technology, engineering and math have certainly increased graduation rates in these programs, they haven't seemed to counter one particular setback for women in engineering: Once they make it into the field, they often leave.

Women in tech: Leadership is the answer

If we really are in a war for talent, then leaving women out of the equation is a great recipe for annihilation. Leaders in the tech sector objectively know this. As do leaders in manufacturing, construction, transportation, and just about any other business sector you can think of.

Harvey Mudd’s Klawe Maps Way to Woo Young Women Into Tech

Since she became president of Harvey Mudd College in 2006, the 800-student liberal arts college near Los Angeles has made tangible progress creating a blueprint for encouraging women to become computer scientists. Last year, more than half the school’s engineering majors were female for the first time. Women made up a record 47 percent of its computer science majors.

12 STEM Resources For Young Women

Trying to fuel a young woman's interest in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics? These 12 organizations actively help students pursue STEM-related careers.

6 STEM resources to engage women, minorities

According to National Science Foundation statistics found on the National Girls Collaborative Project site, “girls are taking many high level mathematics and science courses at similar rates as their male peers, with the exception of physics and engineering, and are performing well overall. However, gaps in mathematics and science achievement persist for minority and low-income students.”

LEGO Adds New Female Scientist Toys After Fans Demand Them

The toy company is selling a new kit, the Research Institute, which features women in various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) jobs: a paleontologist, an astronomer and a chemist.

5 Questions With Hackathon Winner Erica Manoppo

Erica Manoppo and the rest of the City Year challenge team won the award for Best Use of Data. They created visualizations of different AP and MCAS exam results in order to explore and compare the participation and performance of girls in STEM education across the state.

Closing the STEM gender gap with young girls

Girls Inc.’s Operation SMART program, which covers science, math and related technology, was created for girls ages 12 to 14. A STEM professional teaches each class, giving students the opportunity to ask questions about what the field is really like. Parents can expand their daughters’ scientific minds at home. Scientific American offers a series of free resources called Bring Science Home.

The key to more women in technology? Men.

I’ve read much, and listened to many debate the reasons why we don’t see more women in the technology field. The solution is likely multivariate, yet I feel there is one key theme that isn’t getting the attention it should. Namely, men need to take responsibility to create a culture of inclusion for women in the tech space.


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