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12 STEM Resources For Young Women

Trying to fuel a young woman's interest in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics? These 12 organizations actively help students pursue STEM-related careers.
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Collaborate for girls
The National Girls Collaborative Project brings together organizations throughout the US that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers. The organization comprises 31 networks of professionals, researchers, and practitioners covering 39 states and facilitating collaboration between 12,800 organizations that serve 8.35 million girls and 4.5 million boys. A list of upcoming events can be found here. You can learn more about getting involved with NGCP here.
(Image: Woodleywonderworks)

Collaborate for girls
The National Girls Collaborative Project brings together organizations throughout the US that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers. The organization comprises 31 networks of professionals, researchers, and practitioners covering 39 states and facilitating collaboration between 12,800 organizations that serve 8.35 million girls and 4.5 million boys. A list of upcoming events can be found here. You can learn more about getting involved with NGCP here.

(Image: Woodleywonderworks)

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Rich Krajewski
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8/6/2014 | 9:36:27 PM
Re: Things will be
Here's a picture from the tech writing program at Duke:




The majority are women. Who is responsible for this, I would like to know?
Rich Krajewski
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8/6/2014 | 9:30:37 PM
Re: Things will be
Here's a picture from William Mitchell Law School:



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can we convince these women that they really want to go into STEM instead of law?
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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8/6/2014 | 5:21:08 PM
Re: Are you a mentor?
@Thomas: Mentoring your own kids definitely counts, thanks for sharing that. One of the challenges, according to some edicuators, is helping girls and young women understand how much creativity plays a role in STEM careers. As you rightly note, a lot of that is socialized in that we tend to think of things as right-brain and left-brain activities. 

Can you tell us more about TechShop in case others might want to explore for their kids?
Thomas Claburn
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8/6/2014 | 4:48:51 PM
Re: Are you a mentor?
Mentoring of a sort...As the father of two daughters, encouraging them to take an interest in STEM learning doesn't always work. They often are deterred by preconceptions. It appears that just throwing them into tech-oriented projects is the way to go. My fourteen-year-old enjoys drawing but was disinterested in learning Adobe Illustrator, until I enrolled her in a summer camp at TechShop. She had to learn Illustrator to make patterns for the laser cutter. It changed her outlook on computer drawing software.
Laurianne
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8/6/2014 | 2:56:50 PM
Re: Related story
@zaious glad you liked the Judo article. I thought Joan Williams had good advice for men and women.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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8/6/2014 | 2:53:11 PM
Are you a mentor?
If you're involved in any mentoring programs to encourage kids to pursue STEM careers -- or help folks already in the field to advance their careers -- we'd love to hear about your experiences. Please share with us in the comments here.
Susan_Nunziata
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8/6/2014 | 2:51:21 PM
Re: Related story
@Zaious: Hear hear! There is no logical reason for any one group to have less success or fewer opportunities than any other group. I do hope we'll see a day when true meritocracy is achieved.
Susan_Nunziata
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8/6/2014 | 2:49:54 PM
Re: Related story
@Laurianne: Yep, the Gender Judo holds lessons for many people, not just in IT and not just women. I do hope that some of our community members will be inspired by these groups to take an active roel in mentoring girls and young women for STEM careers.

 
zaious
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8/6/2014 | 2:38:18 PM
Re: Related story
@Laurianne: The judo link was a good one. I hope someday everyone (male/female) will have the equal in everything. 
Laurianne
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8/6/2014 | 1:11:54 PM
Related story
Important for women in STEM to get out there and show young women they can do it, too. See our related story: Gender Judo on salary negotiation tactics for women.
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