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The Importance of Girls and STEM

IntrepidMuseumLast month, staff from the Educational Research Center of America were fortunate again to be part of an ongoing discussion at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City about girls and STEM education and careers.

The Intrepid Museum hosted the series of grant-funded meetings over the past few months. ERCA partner National Girls Collaborative Project sparked many of the connections that led to this discussion as well.  Organizations such as the American Museum of Natural History, St. John’s University, Digital Girl Inc, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (Columbia University), Cooper Union, and several others participated along with ERCA in moving the needle for girls in STEM careers and education.

As a nation, we often talk about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math education, but we do so through a very male lens. Despite all of the gains and all of the successes of the past several decades, STEM is still largely seen as a male playground. But groups like the Intrepid Museum and NGCP are changing that.

Related to the STEM discussion at the Intrepid Museum, the Huffington Post recently published a fascinating commentary from an 11th grade student. In her piece, Sophie Roth-Douquet detailed the “Five Reasons Girls Should Code.” In doing do, Roth-Douquet clearly articulated, in a way many cannot, just how important it is to have girls study STEM.

While she doesn’t say it explicitly, Roth-Douquet has clearly been inspired by those educators who have been part of her lives. Whether classroom teachers or instructors or coaches through Girls Who Code, educators are having an incredible impact on our future leaders, both male and female. As an educator or student in STEM, where do you draw your inspiration?

Please send us your inspirational stories and comments to blog@studentresearch.org.