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Getting girls in STEM careers will take more than encouragement--it will take female representation in the STEM workforce

2. The Google-supported Girl Powered, launched by The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and VEX Robotics, is committed to showing how exciting it is to be involved with STEM, showcasing examples of how women are changing the world, providing tools for success, and enabling comfortable environments where all students confidence and abilities can flourish. These real-life examples and hands-on opportunities can help motivate more girls in STEM education.

3. Microsoft and Nobel Media partnered on Women Who Changed Science, a unique web experience that highlights the inspiring journeys and contributions of female Nobel Prize winners. The site notes that 64 percent of U.S. girls and women cannot name another woman in the sciences, and the women highlighted are intended to inspire girls in STEM pursuits and empower the next generation of scientists.

4. CompTIA’s tech workforce charity, Creating IT Futures, acquired nonprofit TechGirlz and will help the program forge a new path to get more girls interested in STEM by exposing them to engaging workshops and experiences. TechGirlz workshops have been successful because subjects are designed specifically for middle school girls, and as research shows, middle school is the age where girls either lose interest in STEM or decide to stick with it.

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