FIVE GUIDELINES TO MAXIMIZE THEIR POTENTIAL
Many initiatives aim to increase girls’ participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), but unless we can expand our “STEM girl” definition beyond the gifted young math students, science fair winners, and traditional LEGO builders, we’ll all miss out. Instead of trying to fit a certain set of girls into a slightly wider STEM stereotype, let’s change our perception of what a science and math kid looks like in the first place so that all children see how they can use STEM to further their own interests, talents, and dreams.
The following five ideas are taken from Count Girls In, a book I coauthored with Dr. Karen Panetta, editor-in-chief of IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine as well as Tufts University’s dean of Graduate Engineering, School of Engineering, and founder of Nerd Girls. They are just a few examples of how we can keep the STEM door open for all.
Read more about it on IEEE Xplore Digital Library.