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.

Women Entrepreneurs are Key to Accelerating Growth

Women entrepreneurs bring particular sets of skills that not only set them apart from their male counterparts, but also lend themselves to being successful entrepreneurs. Women entrepreneurs have a more nuanced view of risk, identifying more strongly than men as financial risk takers, while remaining concerned about “fool hardy risks.” Women display greater ambitions to become serial entrepreneurs than their male counterparts.

Help support development of women in science, tech

At The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, one of our focus areas is preparing, retaining and helping women and girls succeed in STEM careers, from aeronautics to agriculture, and with two-year degrees to PhDs. These types of careers offer higher lifetime earnings, smaller wage gaps compared to other industries and greater entrepreneurial opportunities. Colorado is at the top of states that are experiencing STEM career growth and is projected to remain there for the next decade, and women and girls must be welcomed into this growth opportunity.

Initiatives to Draw More Girls to STEM Subjects Grow

Stamford, Conneticut middle school girls will participate in a STEM summer school this year, an initiative that aims to expose girls to science and technology fields and their vast career opportunities for women. At the same time, a postdoctoral student in collaboration with University of Florida’s WiSE program is running a five-day STEM campus for young girls – and they’re two of many similar efforts across the US.

Measuring The Success Of Informal STEM Programs For Girls

Informal STEM programs offer one potential means of improving female participation in these fields, with the “informal” meaning that the learning occurs in an out-of-school environment (Krishnamurthi and Rennie 2013). A program called Girls Inc. Operation SMART, for example, runs an initiative called Eureka!, which seeks to provide eighth grade girls with internship opportunities in math, science, and technology.

With STEM Education, Women Can Create Both Technology and Their Own Futures

The decline of young women’s involvement in STEM education in the U.S. is troubling on many levels. According to Wired, by 2018, the U.S. STEM workforce will be 8.6 million jobs. It’s the fastest growing sector in the U.S. and yet there is a deficit in individuals, particularly women, pursuing these fields. Jobs in technology, engineering, science and related fields are typically intellectually satisfying and well paying, providing women with a path to prosperity and security for themselves and their families.

Problems With Retention Block STEM Workforce From Being More Diverse

For women in engineering, a long career is not guaranteed. "Women engineers are twice as likely to leave a company," says Diana Bilimoria, a professor and chairwoman of organizational behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Those who leave often exit in their 30s, feeling as though they're in an environment where they can't succeed, she says.

Girls Need More Financial Education Along With STEM Education

Pink Legos not being quite enough, a slew of start-ups, many of them founded by women, are attempting to motivate girls into lucrative and satisfying careers in the traditionally male-dominated areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). But while girls string together HTML instructions and tinker with circuits, are they learning the money management and fundraising skills that will allow them to run their own companies - or even just manage their bank accounts?

Men Totally Overestimate Their Math Skills And It May Explain The STEM Gender Gap

Researchers from Washington State University found that men tend to significantly overestimate their math abilities, while women are generally more accurate in their self-assessments. The results revealed that the male students tended to overestimate their test scores, while the female students predicted their scores fairly accurately. Men were also more likely to say that they would pursue STEM-related classes or careers, likely attributable in part to their inflated confidence in their math skills, according to the study's author.

The 21st Century Has Really Not Been Great For Women And Minorities In STEM

Teens of all stripes are glued to their smartphones, but, per a new study out today from U.S. News and World Report and Raytheon, while 15% of high school boys surveyed were interested in a career in technology, only 2% of girls thought a job in tech sounded appealing. Similarly, while 31% of boys thought jobs in engineering sounded good, only 3% of girls were interested.

2015 STEM Index Shows Gender, Racial Gaps Widen

While the number of jobs, types of degrees granted and level of student interest in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields continues to increase since 2000, the second-annual U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index shows that mutli-million dollar efforts by both the public and the private sectors have failed to close gender and racial gaps in STEM.

Educators hope U. engineering camp sparks girls interest

Hundreds of high school-age girls are attending an engineering camp this summer at the University of Utah. It's just one way to get more girls interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The camp introduces girls to engineering and computer science careers through hands-on learning and team projects.

Girls and STEM: How We Can Up the Numbers

First, we need to message parents or guardians and teachers that old message of what's permissible for girls to do should be avoided. If girls believe they can succeed, they'll be more interested in pursuing subjects like math and science. Women's contributions may have been undervalued because for years, we've heard the message that girls don't do well in math. We ought to never say that again. Girls can do math, science, and technology as well as boys and should be encouraged to get involved in those fields.


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