5 easy steps to increase female engagement in STEM

Girls Dig it

Part of the Girls Inc. OPERATION SMART program that aims to encourage girls’ interests and enthusiasm in STEM, Girls Dig It is offered to girls ages 12-14. The goal of the program is to build on girls’ analytical and interpretive skills by teaming them up with real-life archaeologists to make new discoveries on a dig of their own.

Coastal Studies for Girls

This is a semester-long science and leadership school in Maine offered to 10th grade girls. Students study an intensive science-based curriculum that gives students the opportunity to interact directly with scientists and guest lecturers. The school creates a strong sense of community among the girls and faculty and empowers girls to continue to pursue STEM education and careers.


Originally a PBS show that featured real middle school girls practicing STEM skills in their everyday activities, SciGirls has now become a brand that provides online resources, videos, hands-on activities, and professional development to inspire women to participate in STEM learning and pursue STEM careers.

STEMconnector and TCS also suggest bringing STEM learning into a real-world platform through hands-on activities that show students what people in the STEM field use science, technology, engineering, and math to do. For example, students could learn that engineers apply their skills and knowledge to design roller coasters.

Computer sciences, energy, and healthcare are three examples of industries that are rapidly growing but still predominantly male dominated. With more anticipated job opportunities in the coming years, promoting STEM education in women and investing in mentorship programs is crucial in closing the diversity gap.

Watch this clip of The Big Bang Theory television star Mayim Bialik encouraging women to pursue STEM careers.

Sydney Mineer is an editorial intern at eSchool News.

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