By Stephanie McCauley
Although more and more girls are becoming interested in science, technology, engineering, and math, STEM fields are still largely male-dominated. This gender imbalance concerns both students and parents. What can we do to encourage more gifted girls to pursue careers in the STEM world?
Here are a few resources to get you started:
- Girlstart provides afterschool programs, summer camps, and conferences to K–12 students. (A note for Texans: the 2016 Girls in STEM Conference takes place this Saturday in Austin. Open to girls grades 4–8.)
- This page of STEM articles gathered by the National Girls Collaborative Project summarizes the research in a reader-friendly format.
- In this CNN article, experts offer tips for encouraging girls’ interest in STEM, including establishing role models and offering hands-on activities in school and at home
- Breaking Through!: Helping Girls Succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math offers help for parents interested in supporting their daughter’s engagement in STEM. This book includes research evidence, tips for parents, and real-life examples of successful women in STEM careers.
- Girls Who Code is a nonprofit that works to close the gender gap in the fields of engineering and technology. It now has 10,000 members in 42 states.