Only 11% of girls aged 13 to 17 say they plan to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), compared to 35% of boys. In addition, Black and Latina students are more likely to leave STEM majors than white students.
That's why AAUW’s free STEMEd for Girls virtual workshops, which start July 7, were created exclusively for girls in grades 9 through 12, and the parents, guardians and caregivers who support their dreams. The program is for everyone, but we especially encourage girls of color to participate.
These six lively sessions will inspire teen girls in a supportive setting and show them they have just as much potential in STEM as boys. They will pave the way for girls’ STEM success in college and beyond.
The program will:
- Show girls how accessible—and exciting—STEM can be.
- Explore the variety of subjects they can choose as a college major, from astronomy to zoology.
- Teach girls about the rewarding and well-paying careers a STEM education can prepare them for.
- Pair girls with a mentor working in a STEM field.
- Engage parents, guardians or caregivers to ensure girls have the support and encouragement they need on the pathway to STEM.
Please spread the word to help girls nurture their interest in STEM and join a national community of girls and women excited about the endless opportunities that await. If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.