Ways To Get Girls Interested In Science Courses And Careers
Recent studies show that women average around 13% of science and engineering and 25% of computer and math roles, even though they make up half of the total college-educated workforce. Is this because they aren’t any good at science or technology-related jobs, or is it because they lack the encouragement to pursue these types of careers in the first place? Experts believe it’s the latter and, if this trend continues, it could pose a very negative outlook for women, and our planet, in general.
Girls, like all children, like anything to do with science when they are young, but they seem to lose interest in school. A lack of encouragement, combined with fewer STEM classes in some underfunded schools, is to blame. We often find ourselves encouraging boys to pursue science and math subjects, but there is little done to attract girls to these courses. Is there a way that teachers and parents can get girls interested in science again and encourage them to become scientists in the future?
Let’s Take A Look At Some Ways That We Get Girls Interested In Science Courses And Careers:
Create Interest Based Science Projects- high quality, educational science kits which can be used in school or at home can provide girls with the encouragement they need to find their passion in the scientific fields.
Remove The Stereotypes- by emphasising the positive aspects of women’s roles in science, we can remove the stereotype that the STEM industry is a male only world.
Introduce Female Science Role Models- there are many female role models in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) industry. These positive role models being of the same gender can help get girls interested in a career in science of their own. Some female science role models include:
Tiera Guinn- a 21-year-old Rocket Structural Design and Analysis Engineer for the Space Launch System and MIT senior, is helping build one of the world’s largest and most powerful rockets for NASA.
Marie Curie- a physicist and chemist who pioneered research in radioactivity and won the Nobel Prize in 1903.
Katherine Freese- a modern scientist and the Director of Nordita, an institute for theoretical physics in Stockholm, Freese studies dark matter, including “dark stars” in the universe.
Maria Goeppert Mayer- Mayer discovered the nuclear shell of the atomic nucleus and won the Nobel Prize in 1963.
Sara Seager- she discovered 715 planets in her time working with the Kepler Space Telescope.
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