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It is of great importance that I'll be able to share with other participants some aspects of our distinct cultures, hence improving our understandings of different cultures and giving us an unbiased view towards certain aspects.
By Ciara O'Donoghue, WiSci STEAM Camp participant As a rising sophomore at the Madeira School near Washington, DC, I'm anxiously counting down th...
These past two years have certainly not been easy, and there have been many long nights that on occasion have ended in tears, but I have a new perspective towards science. My current motto is: I can do it.
It is only from discovering human connections from the people around us that we begin to understand ourselves and our leadership abilities better.
My journey to Rwanda starts in less than three hours. By this time tomorrow I will be in Washington D.C. with thirty other girls, trying -- and undoubtedly failing -- to get some sleep before our thirteen-hour flight to Africa.
The gender-gap issue in the technology industry starts during those impressionable early teen years when girls are forming initial perceptions of careers and opportunities they might pursue. As adults in their lives, it's up to us to put technology and computing careers on their radar. I invite you to help us spread the message of GIFT across the nation and increase the pipeline of female students opting for tech majors in college. Together, we can turn back the trend.
We are a hugely wealthy country, and we can afford to go to Pluto and to educate our children to a much higher standard than we do. In fact, the way we became a hugely wealthy country, and the only way we can maintain our wealth into the future, is by investing in education, science, technology and invention.
I think this trend is driven by two unhealthy forces. First, economic uncertainty that has created immense anxiety in parents for their children's futures. Second, a hyper-achievement culture that has forced parents to feel as if they must 'keep up with the Joneses' or they are failing their children.
Philly is the underdog city, we are scrappy, we never give up, and we have heart. That is why we are now winning the match against other East Coast cities. Can you hear it?
The WiSci Camp will bring together 120 talented girls from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and the United States.
Four years ago, on my first day of high school, I looked around my fourth period AP Computer Science class. The familiar mix of nervousness and excitement that comes with all first days was there, but there was something more disconcerting.
Young girls who like to program and code as much as they like to play with dolls are pushing their way into computer and science labs, but they may not be receiving the same support or opportunities as their male counterparts. Why not?
I always saw a career in STEM as one of the most effective ways to affect the world. You get to apply the fundamentals of how the world works to create something that people can use -- that's powerful. My internship inspired me to always go for it, and to never compromise or to censor my ideas.
When girls do express interest in careers such as electrical engineering, we need to encourage their interest, adds Drew Jarvis. From childhood, girls need to learn to be assertive enough to express their interests and ask for help.
To give you an idea of how the day went, we assigned small groups of two or three girls to a volunteer, and put them in three larger groups that rotated together. After an initial presentation, the girls cycled through our STEM stations. One station was a brilliant introduction to coding called, "Hour of Code." In our follow-up survey, 93 percent said they were "moderately to extremely likely" to try more programming on their own or by taking classes in the future.
I am a sucker for graduation season. There's something so inspiring about the closing of one chapter and the promise of a new one; standing on the cusp of the future with a world of possibilities ahead.