Encouraging Girls to be Involved in STEM

October 24, 2017 at 11:14 AM

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Encouraging Girls to be Involved in STEM

Did you know that girls are three times less likely than boys to aspire to be scientists and engineers? Or that only 14% of teenage girls want to become a scientist? During her 2015 TedTalk, GoldieBlox founder, and CEO Debbie Sterling shared her personal journey of beating those odds and becoming an engineer despite the fact that only 18% of engineering majors are female.

“GoldieBlox is an award-winning children’s multimedia company that challenges gender stereotypes. Through the integration of storytelling and STEM principles, GoldieBlox creates toys, books, apps, videos, animation, and merchandise; the tools that empower girls to build their confidence, dreams and ultimately, their futures.” Sterlings fight to disrupt the “pink aisle” has empowered millions of girls world-wide and inspired us at SPDP & Solutions to share the importance of encouraging girls to take an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

You may remember a few months back when a male Google engineer was fired for posting a claim that women are biologically less able to work in technology jobs. In response to the offensive manifesto, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote that his employee had “advanced harmful gender stereotypes in the workplace.” Although it is true that there are slight physiological differences in the male and female brains, there is no evidence that a woman’s biology makes them incapable of performing at the highest levels in the STEM field. Sterling argues that more women would accelerate in the field if they were encouraged earlier in life to do so (hence her crusade against the pink aisle) the same as their male counterparts who grow up with spacial awareness and building toys.

Here is another surprising and important statistic for you, when they’re shown what engineers do, 76% of girls get interested in engineering! We encourage you to expose the young girl in your life to STEM in an interactive and exciting day at the Science Museum of Minnesota! On Saturday, November 11th, you are invited to join Fox 9 News and prominent female scientists from around the state for this important community event. It’s a brilliant and fun opportunity for girls to be introduced to the exciting worlds of science and technology through hands-on demonstrations and activities. (For a complete list of activities, visit http://www.fox9.com/girls-science-and-technology#/)

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Happy learning!

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