Generation STEM

by Laura E Kirkpatrick
February 29, 2012

Right now, here at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, we are all about STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. There are only two weeks left to enter the National STEM Video Game Challenge, which we are proud to present along with our partner E-Line Media. But we’re not the only STEM-centric show in town. February 23, as part of National Engineers Week, was ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering’ day. US News and World Report has a section devoted to STEM coverage and resources.

And on February 14, the Girl Scouts of The USA (a sponsor of the National STEM Video Game Challenge) released Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to shed light on how important it is that STEM curriculum attract young girls.

The report consists of a literature review, as well as qualitative (focus group) and quantitative (survey) research with 1,000 girls across the country. The study finds that girls are interested in STEM and aspire to STEM careers, but need further exposure and education about what STEM careers can offer, and how STEM can help girls make a difference in the world.

To find out more about the Girl Scouts report, visit the Generation STEM page.

For more on the National STEM Video Game Challenge, click here.

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