The number of girls engaging in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is growing, but based on statistics gathered by the National Girls Collaborative Project, they are not choosing STEM careers at a consistent rate. The gap may lie in whether they engage in science at an early age and whether they continue their engagement and interest as they move through the formal school system. Some statistics:
The resources below provide strategies for engagement, model programs and curricula that support girls learning science in in-formal settings.
National Girls Collaborative Project
This organization’s goal is to maximize access to shared resources within projects and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls' participation in STEM.
Encouraging Girls in Math and Science Practice Guide
Offers recommendations to encourage girls in math and science, plus essential concepts, recommended practices and planning templates.
The Women In Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ON THE AIR!
Listen to the stories of women who have succeeded in STEM.
Great Science for Girls, Academy for Educational Development
Provides informal learning programs to stimulate girls’ interest in STEM.
Engineer Girls, from the National Academy of Engineering
Brings national attention to the opportunity that engineering represents to all people at any age, but particularly to women and girls.
Supports schools and youth organizations in setting up science programs.
Women in Technology
Based in Maui and funded by the US Department of Labor, Women In Technology encourages girls, women and underrepresented groups into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers.