The Huffington Post reports that a popular adage holds that it takes a village to raise a child. What, then, can a village do to interest children–particularly girls, who are so underrepresented in STEM fields–in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math? I can attest that it was my own “village” — my teachers, mentors and family members — that led me along my path in STEM. While I was fortunate to have that support, many young people do not. Every single child enters the world driven by curiosity; it is the force that drives an infant to grasp for a toy or a toddler to taste anything within reach. Curiosity is the same fundamental driving force inherent in the pursuit of science. That makes part of our mission easy: a natural interest in STEM is already programmed into the minds of children…

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