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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.
The need for improved STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education is a trending topic. STEM skills have been identified as necessary to remain economically competitive as a country, and many have pointed out the benefits that accrue to all of society when diverse teams tackle technological and scientific problems.
I am an agnostic scientist who happens to also be fascinated with the world's religions, especially the Abrahamic religions -- Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Why so much activity stirring around the boundaries of gender? And why now? As cultural insight mavens, we see something fundamental taking place. Some people are calling it the Fourth Wave of feminism. Fed up with everyday sexism and forged by other forms of activism, women are empowered by social media and other communications technologies.
Vietnam's tech industry is booming. Software and electronics exports soared in recent years, and a domestic market for tech products and services is steadily gaining strength.
Marion Marschalek is a malware researcher from Vienna, Austria. Since Marschalek was young, she always liked to take things apart, have a closer look and understand how something works.
This is Part 4 of a five-part response to critics of our recent study showing STEM faculty prefer to hire women over identically-qualified men.
We will always need talented engineers and scientists. But our future rests on how successful we are in getting technology and humans to interact in ways that benefit our planet and everyone who lives on it.
President Obama's executive actions are a first step for helping F-1 students like me. The actions will allow students to extend their time in the U.S. and keep contributing to this country after we earn our degrees.
If you are a woman--good. There's no finer thing to be. Actually, I take that back. A finer thing is to be a woman AND to be in FIRST Robotics. ...