It’s well-known that women are drastically underrepresented in the fields of science and technology. This gender imbalance extends to data science roles as well. Women hold only about 26% of data jobs in the United States.
Of the 111,262 high school students who took the College Board’s Advanced Placement computer science exams in May, 27 percent were girls, a jump from 23 percent last year. Twenty percent of the test-takers were Latino or African-American, up from 15 percent in 2016. The increases are largely due to a new AP computer science class launched in 2016-17...
In each half-hour episode, middle-school-aged girls are paired with female STEM professionals, and together with cartoon mascots Izzie and Jake, they embark on a STEM mission. Every episode takes place in a different location and features new teams of students and professional scientists.
U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14), member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and co-chairman of the STEM Education Caucus, today welcomed a report from NASA on their plans and programs to education and inspire the next generation of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.
Brindak Blake knew how tough middle school could be for girls, so she launched a tween social networking site called "Miss O And Friends." Now in her 20s, she never imagined her idea would be used as the basis for "Hyperlinked," a new YouTube Red series which follows the lives of five young friends.
“Women aren’t getting into technology, not because they don't have an inherent aptitude, but because they're not exposed,” Eaton-Cardone explains. “I always use the analogy of a piano. There's very few kids that, without any exposure to a piano, could be sat down at age 15 and told to play and enjoy it and be able to do it, because they haven't developed the talent and they haven't been exposed to it.
It's the largest addition of new badges in a decade for Girl Scouts of the USA. The effort takes a progressive approach to STEM and also nudges girls to become citizen scientists using the great outdoors as their laboratory.
Do girls avoid STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields because of ongoing, widespread discrimination? Or do girls with the skill sets that would give them entrance to STEM fields prefer fields that involve working with people over fields that involve working with things?
More girls than ever took an AP computer-science exam this year, Seattle nonprofit Code.org announced Tuesday, calling the results “incredible.” Code.org crunched the numbers from the AP College Board, which shows that 29,708 girls in the U.S. took an Advanced Placement computer science exam this year, more than double the number from 2016.
While women earn 57.3% of undergraduate college degrees, they receive less than 20% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in computer science. This is problematic for several reasons. Women tend to pursue degrees that lead to lower-paying jobs – which is one of the contributing factors in the gender pay gap. But certain STEM careers provide a respite from gender inequalities.