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.
One school in the northeast Bronx is making its mark with the first all-girls team to compete in a national robotics competition. Led by coach Sheree Petrignani, the Comets, from St. Catharine’s Academy, will take its Cobra robot, a unique and smaller triangular robot, to the national stage at the VEX U.S. Open in Waukee, Iowa.
One area in desperate need of examination is the way we teach mathematics. Many Americans suffer from misconceptions about math. They think people are either born with a “math brain” or not -- an idea that has been disproven -- and that mathematics is all numbers, procedures and speedy thinking.
Policy makers and educators around the world are trying to encourage more students -- especially female students -- to pursue degrees in STEM fields. One strategy for doing so is called “curriculum intensification.” But new research suggests the strategy fails to achieve the desired results.