We were just able to pull high level metrics such as increased interest in STEM, overall reach, contact hours etc. They are a step forward, but there is so much more data that we can gather to draw a more nuanced picture that will be helpful for the field.
Hour of Code offers an introduction to computer science that helps demystify code and shows that anybody can learn the basics. Last year over 15 million students in more than 180 countries participated.
I explained to my first-grader that I was thinking about the main points I cover whenever I gush about STEM, and I asked her if she could tell me. What was getting through to her? It was a test more for me than it was for her. I felt if my message hadn't gotten through to her, I probably needed to refine it. Here's what she told me.
While business has been focused on brand building for some time, it has been only in the past decade that colleges and universities have put significant thought and effort into clarifying and refining their brands.
It remains highly likely that without dismantling a part of our traditional pedagogical structure, and the assumptions that support it, teenage girls will continue to shy away from STEM.
When you find something you love, whether its science, writing or giving back, make sure you follow it for as far as it will take you and be persistent.
From the Internet to mobile phones, technology enables us to connect with each other and the world around us in new and innovative ways. Yet there is a serious gender gap when it comes to technological access, literacy, and influence.
When I wrote Newton's Laws of Emotion, I didn't set out to create Sophia, Sir Isaac Newton's romantic interest in the film, as a role model for girls. But now that I have, I dearly hope that one day if this movie ever makes it to the big screen, a young girl will point at Sophia and say, "I want to be like her."
The possibilities for gifts for little ones this holiday season are endless. While some gifts will undoubtedly be long sought-after and pure fun, the holiday season is great time to get your children interested in activities that promote learning, particularly in the ever-growing fields of STEM.
Today, in United States we face very limited progress towards the inclusion of women in fields such as Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering.
To choose a career in science, technology, engineering or math doesn't mean you have to have your head buried doing something like solving equations all day.
With the bright science students we see at UC Davis, we know that bias is unfounded, and we have programs designed to help get young girls excited about science.
In my work as a conservation biologist, I often find myself as the only woman at the table. Despite the many advances of women in the boardroom and on the corporate payroll, the world of conservation brokers remains male-dominated. Why not engage the other 51 percent of the population?
While most mentoring organizations share these learning environment characteristics, we have profiled at least one for each to provide an example of how this framework is being currently practiced in the field.
A lot of attention has been given to increasing the number of women in computer science, but despite numerous efforts the presence of female students in computer science programs is still far below the 50 percent equilibrium.
I'm where I am today because my family, friends and teachers nurtured my interests. I was never discouraged. I was encouraged every step of the way.