When I was little, I hated a lot of things, but most of all I hated math. By extension, I disliked anything that stank of equations: physics, chemistry, technology, engineering. And then something changed.
Testing must be made relevant to the everyday lives of teen and 'tween girls. What are their actual dreams and aspirations? Let's take a cue from GoldieBlox and design math tests "from the female perspective."
These universities serve as hallmarks for what is possible in STEM education. Others that are willing to take a risk and follow suit, especially when coupled with the backing of science companies and organizations, will help further break the mold of traditional teaching methods.
For most K-12 students, the school year has just ended or is about to end. While the kids head out for vacation, a good number of their instructors are deciding whether or not they will return to teaching in the Fall.
When we looked around at girls' toys today, we did not see the kinds of toys that inspired us when we were young. A few months ago, we started our company, Maykah, to fill that gap. We build toys to inspire the next generation of female technology innovators.
The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report on Feb. 7 on how to produce 1 million additional college graduates over the next decade with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It's an important report.