Girls & STEM

Seemingly countless opportunities exist today for young girls to excel in school. However, as they progress into middle and high school, gender differences in attitudes towards STEM disciplines begin to emerge. The relatively low number of girls opting to take advanced technology and science courses leaves them less prepared for pursuing these disciplines and restricts certain career choices later on. Enrollment in advanced math courses has been equalized in high schools, resulting in less gender differences in performance on standardized math tests. However, only 17 percent of high school girls take computer science Advanced Placement exams. Educators need to encourage girls to participate more in science and technology-related programs and activities.

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Advancing Girls in STEM: An NCGS Symposium

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There is so much talk about helping girls move forward in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects that you may wonder: "Is there more we could be doing?" The answer is YES.

We must ensure that at every stage of girls' education, we are most effectively engaging and retaining girls in the STEM pipeline. Join us as we convene the key players in girls and STEM, both in and out of school time, public and private, to create and strengthen bridges between and among girls' schools, colleges and the professional world.

On June 21st, 2011 at Wellesley College, the National Coalition of Girls' will host an event for K-12 educators that will highlight nationally-renowned speakers, present original research, and share innovative ways to engage and retain
girls in the STEM fields.

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