An early introduction to STEM education will lead more girls into technology. We hope that Maker Party will help inspire local girls to pursue STEM education early. Don’t take our word for it. Check out the article excerpts below:
A leading advocate for introducing girls to computer science argues that educators must develop required programs at the K-12 level to resolve gender imbalance in the tech sector.
More often than not, the jobs of today and tomorrow require advanced knowledge in science and technology. In fact, by 2020, the U.S. economy will demand 123 million high-skilled workers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math — a set of skills commonly called STEM.
- STEM jobs are the future.
- Women today represent 12% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37%.
- Women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields.
- In a room full of 25 engineers, only 3 will be women.
On the STEM front, the White House launched the Educate to Innovate initiative early in Obama’s presidency. That effort, unveiled in November 2009, seeks to enlist the business community to forge public-private partnerships that will encourage STEM education.
The administration is also aiming to change the perception of the STEM subjects, hoping to put to rest the stigma that brands science and technology as uncool. In that spirit, Duncan called on the students participating in Maker Camp to spread enthusiasm for STEM subjects among their peers.
“You can help by telling your friends why STEM is cool — the technology we use, our cell phones, the best new apps, our animated movies, and even the Mars rover all come from people who love STEM,” Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan said. “You are absolutely the inventors of the future, and we need many, many more of you.”
Kenneth Corbin is a Washington, D.C.-based writer