The STEM for Girls movement (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is getting a lot of attention from the press and toy companies right now, but why is STEM for girls so important? This month I participated in a twitter chat with Green Works (as part of this sponsored post) to learn more. This video (produced by Green Works) provides a brief overview:
- 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.
Fortunately, there is a lot you can do at home to bring STEM to life for girls! Here are a few posts from my blog to give you some ideas:
- Fun Science: Candy Experiments
- Raising Kids Who Love Math
- STEM Fun for Kids: Code Your Name in Jewelry
- Using Microscopes With Young Children
- The New K’NEX Mighty Makers STEM Toy for Girls
You can find more great inspiration on these Pinterest boards I run:
Here are some books for further inspiration (affiliate links):
- Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
- Cool Engineering Activities for Girls
- The Math Book for Girls: and Other Beings Who Count
- Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists
- Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers
- Nobel Prize Women in Science:: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries (for parents to read or older children)
- Who Was Sally Ride?
- Who Is Jane Goodall?
- Who Was Amelia Earhart?
- Who Was Rachel Carson?
- Who Was Marie Curie?
There are many incredible female role models when you go looking for them! One that I had throughout my life is the female pediatric oncologist who treated me when I had cancer.
Do you have a favorite female scientist, technology guru, engineer, or mathematician that my kids should be learning about? How about a favorite activity or book?
This post was sponsored by Green Works. All ideas and opinions are my own.