If the U.S. is to maintain its competitive advantage in the global economy, we need to ensure that our entire population of young people, especially girls, is educated in STEM fields. Girl Scouts is the world's preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls and their development. Along with our partners, we are committed to creating the next generation of critical, hybrid thinkers and innovators.
Research shows that hands-on learning activities make STEM more relevant to girls.
-- either in person or through conversation about women in STEM fields who are featured in books, movies or the news.
Girls can more easily relate to younger women, and imagine following in their footsteps.
Research shows that girls are more interested in STEM, and choose STEM careers, when they can see the connection to helping others or making the world a better place.
– whether working in a community garden or doing a “citizen science” project – and then talk to them about how STEM is woven throughout what they’ve done; how they can discover and find their capacity to address problems; how they can connect with others to explore solutions; and how they can take action to resolve challenges .
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