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Getting Girls into STEM: The Power of Blended (and All-Female) Instruction

Ed Surge – Alyssa Tormala

“Jackie, the team captain of St. Mary’s all-girls robotics team, knows a thing or two about breaking the mold. During a panel on the importance of STEM education for women, she explained what it’s like to be a female student competing in a male-dominated program: “Not only were we the only all-girls robotics team,” she explained of a recent competition, “we were the only team that actually allowed girls to touch the robots.” Jackie’s experience demonstrates how essential it remains to support STEM education designed for women, particularly in engineering and computer science, which remain disproportionately dominated by men. It’s a mission we live by at St. Mary’s Academy (SMA), an all-girls high school located in the heart of Portland, Ore., which has been dedicated to promoting female education for the last 157 years. At SMA, we know that young women thrive when given the chance to choose how and what they learn, while at the same time being supported by a community that believes they can succeed, regardless of gender.”(more)

Louis M. Shucker: ‘Hidden Figures’ and STEM education

The Reading Eagle – Louis M. Shucker

“In addition to proving immensely popular at the box office, “Hidden Figures” serves as a vehicle to encourage diversity in the science, technology, engineering and math curriculum known as STEM. It is helping to inform the ongoing conversation surrounding women and minorities in STEM related fields. By unceasing awareness of past gender and racial inequality, “Hidden Figures” has generated interest in addressing inequities that persist to this day. Studies have shown that male and female students perform equally as well in science and math standardized tests. Nevertheless, large gaps persist between white and black students. A 2015 index analysis shows that even as the number of STEM-related degrees and jobs continues to increase, deeply entrenched gaps between men and women and an even wider gap between whites and minorities remain in obtaining STEM degrees.”(more)

#GirlsCount: This Is What 130 Million Girls Missing Out On Education Looks Like

Fast Co-Create – Jeff Beer

“Around the world, approximately 130 million girls are not in school today. Girls in the poorest countries are less likely to receive an education than boys, which means they’re being denied the education they need to one day get a job, expand their opportunities, and break the cycle of poverty. For International Women’s Day, the advocacy organization ONE has launched a new campaign with agency Droga5 called #GirlsCount, to help illustrate and raise awareness of the sheer scale of the crisis, and demand access to education for all girls.”(more)

Think big, start early: New effort to close gender gap in science starts in preschool

CBS News – Shanika Gunaratna

“Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce, according to numbers released last year from the National Science Foundation. Other data shows they lag behind men in securing higher paying jobs at a number of major Silicon Valley companies.”(more)

How Computer Science Changed My Career for the Better

Fortune – Sandy Shirai

“As any business leader can attest, the world has become increasingly complex. To navigate in that world, they need all of the help they can get—and one powerful tool is a grounding in STEM. Technology and science are not only central to today’s business landscape, but they’re often the keys to progress. I come from a computer science background and have found my training to be invaluable in my role as leader of Deloitte’s U.S. Technology, Media & Telecommunications industry practice. A STEM education has not only armed me with an approach to problem solving, but has helped me stand out as a female executive.”(more)

At Age 6, Girls Are Less Likely to Identify Females As ‘Really, Really Smart’

KQED News Mind/Shift Katherine Hobson

“Girls in the first few years of elementary school are less likely than boys to say that their own gender is “really, really smart,” and less likely to opt into a game described as being for super-smart kids, research finds. The study, which appears Thursday in Science, comes amid a push to figure out why women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. One line of research involves stereotypes, and how they might influence academic and career choices. Andrei Cimpian, a professor of psychology at New York University and an author of the study, says his lab’s previous work showed that women were particularly underrepresented in both STEM and humanities fields whose members thought you needed to be brilliant — that is, to have innate talent — to succeed.”(more)