Women and girls are historically underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. As STEM becomes more important in our increasingly interconnected global society, it becomes even more imperative that educators find ways to encourage girls to participate in these fields. Starting as young as kindergarten STEM exploration has a lot of offer young girls.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are important fields for the future. Jobs in these areas offer higher than average salaries, and employment in science and engineering occupations are expected to increase much faster than the overall growth rate for all other occupations. In other words, STEM is where the good jobs of the future are!
At the most basic level scientists and engineers attempt to find out how things work. The scientific process and engineering design process offer a framework for understanding important ideas, big and small. In addition, while using the scientific process, young people learn how to plan, cooperate, collaborate, communicate, problem solve, and apply their creativity. The life skills that girls gain from STEM programs - they can carry with them for the rest of their life.
In today’s fast-moving, tech-driven, global economy, it is important for everyone to have basic scientific knowledge that serves as a foundation for informed decision-making. Even if a girl chooses to go into another field, a learning foundation in STEM will serve her well in the future. Science is a component of everything around us and Beauty & Brains offers opportunities for girls to recognize that and understand how something is made or relates to their world.
Springboard for Opportunities
New technologies are invented every day; it is impossible to anticipate what inventions may drive our culture in the next five, ten, or even twenty years. A background rich in science, technology, engineering and mathematics makes for flexible, logical minds, and increases the capacity for youth to continue learning. Kids are already naturally gifted creators and a mind rooted in STEM can think in broader terms and find inspiration in opportunity.
STEM is not just serious business. While pursuing interests in STEM, young girls can try new things and meet engaging people. Girls will discover the STEM principles behind some of their favorite everyday items, from lip balm to fashion and puzzles to playdough. Together, they can create without fear of mistakes in a joyful, impactful manner!