She's an entrepreneur, a champion of STEM education for girls and a literal rocket scientist. And now she's in charge of the Girl Scouts. Sylvia Acevedo is taking over as permanent CEO of the organization at a time when membership has just stabilized after years of decline. About 2.5 million girls are involved.
A cadre of professors and researchers from Miami-based Florida International University and physics-oriented institutions from around the country are joining forces to help promote physics as a career path to young women, thanks to a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
Dozens of young girls spend an hour of their school day sitting engrossed on computers at a Hamilton elementary, working to crack the code to later success in technology studies and perhaps even careers. Welcome to Highland Elementary’s “Girls Who Code” club -- a first-year experiment in teaching young girls computer program coding -- and one of the growing local examples of a booming national trend of exposing young students to creative aspects of computer science.
I’ve seen firsthand how an education in math or science can change a family’s story in one generation. That’s why I wrote my master’s thesis on Latinas in STEM and launched the Eva Longoria Foundation to enable more Latinas to break the cycle of poverty. Since 2013, my foundation’s STEM education programs have helped more than 1,600 young women develop technology skills.
For Sylvia Acevedo, interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, a degree in engineering wasn't an obvious path. Today she encourages other young girls to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and advises them not to be daunted by the fact that you could be the only girl in the classroom.
Toxic workplaces -- where harassment, stereotyping and bullying occur -- are driving away women and people of color, undercutting technology companies' efforts to increase diversity and costing an estimated $16 billion a year.
A new book by a Philadelphia-area author to encourage girls to explore STEM careers was released Thursday in conjunction with Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Written by Ellen Langas of Haverford, "Super Science Girls!" is the latest book in her Girls Know How series, which encourages girls to explore their dream careers.
Creating more opportunities for super-bright girls to skip grades might be one of the most viable ways to open cracks in the glass ceiling that has plagued STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields for decades. But these days, young children are far more likely to be “redshirted” -- held back from school to allow extra time for physical, socioemotional, or intellectual growth -- than they are to charge ahead of their same-age peers.
Advanced Placement classes teach curriculum designed by the College Board, and are offered to high school students as college-preparatory classes. Following completion of the course, students may take an optional AP Exam to demonstrate their mastery of the course content, and potentially earn college credit. While AP classes are not the only way to learn this content, participation in this curriculum provides a lens for analyzing equity in STEM education.
Earlier this year, after discovering that female students only had a 34 percent STEM course completion, Coursera, a popular online course provider, decided to run a test. One hypothesis is that seeing other women in STEM could encourage female learners and help close the gap,” a Coursera blog reports.