There are numerous groups and organizations that are dedicated to getting more girls interested in math and technology during early education in order to encourage and support them in pursuing careers in engineering and science. Programs like TechBridge and STEMconnector are offering girls the opportunity to get hands on experience with quality equipment and projects within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). It is crucial to interest students at a young age and show them anything is obtainable if you fearlessly pursue your goals.
The TechBridge after-school program and STEMconnector are teaming up with companies like Chevron and The Fab Foundation to encourage girls in middle school and high school to pursue interests in the fields of math and science. They offer many mediums for the students in the program to explore technical trades as well as careers in math and science. They also provide hands on experiments and teach the students how to construct things from hair dryers to biomass-burning stoves. Fabrication labs, known as “fab labs," feature 3-D printers and soldering irons that provide the students with hands on experience, specially designed to appeal to the students' imaginations and interests. This program shows girls of all ages that they can pursue any career and hobby that they choose and that their gender should not inhibit their potential or guide their interests.
Encouraging more women to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math can open many new career opportunities. The founder of TechBridge, Linda Kikelis said it best, “A kid shouldn’t be limited by where they are born or what gender they are.” Every girl should be able to dream about what she wants to be and have the resources available to make her way toward fulfilling those dreams.
Posted by: Partrick N.