Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bridging the STEM Gap with Girl Scouts

Nebraska's NTV News reports that Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska and Strategic Air and Space Museum (SASM) are combining efforts to give girls experience with programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), at the Nebraska State Fair, August 24-September 3.

A recent Girl Scout Research Institute study revealed that 74% of high school girls are interested in STEM, but few pursue careers in these areas, in part because many think they'd have to work harder than men to be taken seriously.

In response to these findings Girl Scouts of the USA and the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska council are providing girls with life-long leadership tools and offering programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

Among the booth activities will be hands-on robotic activities, Girl Scout Robotics team participants on select days, and STEM activities from Girl Scouts of the USA on computers and a big screen.

Girl Scout membership information will be available. The booth will be located in the 4-H/FFA Commercial building.

Jess Radke writes for the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes in Wisconsin's Marshfield News Herald reports that in a world being transformed by technology, only one-fifth of American scientists and engineers are women.
"It is time to dismantle the stereotype that girls aren’t high achievers in math and science," writes Radke. "Performance data paints a much different picture. According to the American Association of University Women, high school girls and boys perform equally well in math and science. Still, on average, only 20 percent of young women intend to major in a STEM subject, compared to 50 percent of young men. We must work together with our partners in business, education and the community to lift girls up to the possibilities inherent in them for success."