Written by: Reagan Flowers, PhD
When we look at were we are currently with Women in STEM, data shows that we must begin in elementary school with getting girls interested in science. The gender gap widens in middle and high school, 3% to an 11% gap with boys demonstrating more interest than girls.
Some recommended best practices with getting girls more interested in STEM disciplines/careers includes:
- Providing opportunities for girls to experience STEM as early as Pre Kindergarten to start building their confidence and to allow them to be wowed by what they can do and see the impact of applying what they know to something meaningful.
- Use of inspiring messages and images that are not demeaning and don’t exacerbate gender biases or imbalances.