Women in STEM begins with Girls in STEM!
Despite the increasing number of women completing tertiary- and masters-level education, the statistics still illustrate a glaring gender gap within STEM sectors. According to UNESCO, only 30% of all science researchers in the world are female; the status quo of the global female workforce in engineering is even more alarming still - only 12% is made up by women, and only 6% of Chief Executive Officers at the top 100 tech companies are women.
Numerous socio-cultural and practical barriers exist that make it difficult or unappealing for women to access and pursue careers within STEM, including gender stereotyping, a lack of female role models, inhospitable working climate. Key to representing women in technology and science begins with raising girls to become a part of those fields, thus - Women in STEM begins with Girls in STEM!
At Engineering For Kids®, we provide an opportunity for girls to explore engineering disciplines not only in regular mixed-gender classes, but also in a Girls Only environment.
"What's really cool is that 4-year-old girls don't know the stereotype. Between the ages of four to six, kids haven't yet fully developed that whole "boys play with this, girls play with that" thought process. If we can reach them at age 4, they don't have any preconceived notion of gender roles. We can inspire them that young to continue this journey in learning more about math and science," says Dori Roberts, the Founder of Engineering For Kids®: "Males and females think very differently. The types of fields that women are traditionally drawn to are more human interest. They pull at the heartstrings. We try to teach engineering concepts with real-world applications, and the social aspect of engineering is very appealing to women — the fact that engineers improve lives and can save lives."
"We are very passionate about inspiring elementary and even preschool-level students to think about careers in engineering. If we can reach them at a young age versus high school when most women learn about engineering, then hopefully we will increase the number of women engineers we have."