Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
STEM helps students develop critical thinking, problem-solving,
and collaboration skills that are useful in all careers and life
pursuits. But despite recent increases in women's and girls'
participation in certain STEM fields, significant gaps remain.
For example, female undergraduates earn just
40% of earth, atmospheric, ocean, and physical sciences degrees
25% of math and computer science degrees
20% of engineering degrees
This gap begins early. Girls enter kindergarten as interested in
math and science as boys are, but many begin to lose interest in
science by the fifth grade and math by the sixth grade.
STEM is an ongoing contemporary initiative. We are conducting
programs that show girls that science can be fun and hands-on with real