Start Now… No matter how old she is. From infancy and early childhood through adulthood, there is much to be gained from focusing on how we learn and what we need to learn.
- Expose girls and boys to female role models in STEM careers
- Talk about the increasing number of females who are achieving at higher levels in STEM subjects and fields
- Point out the lack of gender difference in performance
- Encourage them to ask questions
- Offer opportunities and resources for them to learn more
- Show them how much STEM is already incorporated into her every-day life and interests
- Allow them to challenge themselves and to make mistakes
The more people hear this kind of information, the harder it becomes for them to believe that boys and men are better in these areas. The stereotype that men are better than women in STEM areas can affect girls’ performance, how they judge their performance, and their aspirations.
Aspirations in Computing is a talent development pipeline initiative of the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) designed to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to high potential technically inclined young women. Aspirations in Computing is the only national level talent development program for young women in computing and information technology.
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing builds a talent pool for the growing technical workforce and helps academic and corporate organizations celebrate diversity in computing by honoring young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing; leadership ability; academic history; and plans for post-secondary education.
FASE and the PA STEM Girls Collaborative Project offer mini-grants (application dates vary) to teachers and informal educators to develop STEM initiatives for use in and out of the classroom. Please check the PA STEM Girls Collaborative Project website for upcoming funding opportunities and events.
Female Alliance – STEM Excellence (FASE) has provided individual teachers with the resources for innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) projects geared toward females. The STEM Mini Grants are designed to recognize and support excellence in STEM education by providing funds to enhance public and private elementary, middle school, and high school programs. A goal of this grant is to encourage effective projects that can be replicated by other teachers and/or informal educators; recipients will be expected to share their projects with individual educators and/or at conferences or showcases. Teachers have applied for up to $1,000 of financial support to enhance instruction in the areas of math, science, engineering and/or technology.
There are tools that can help engage girls in STEM. Competitions and Awards offer the chance to move outside of the classroom and utilize STEM skills in a more competitive real-world setting. FASE supports NCWIT, Young Women for STEM Recognition program, Competition teams, role models and much more.
FASE Discovery Camp is an example of a program created and supported by FASE. It is a day camp that increases girls’ awareness of STEM and STEM related activities, exposes girls to female role models in a variety of STEM careers, and acknowledges their potential to actively pursue education in STEM subject areas.
Planning for the future can get tricky, but there is plenty of help out there for you. Discovery what pathway for education and career choices begins with starting a conversation about STEM and learning the importance and resources in your area. FASE assists with researching, supporting and sharing resources in this area.
FASE is seeking professional women and other stake-holders who will serve as role models to inspire and encourage women and girls in STEM – ultimately improving the STEM opportunities for the next generation. FASE is establishing a community of individuals dedicated to breaking through educational and economic barriers for women and girls.
What do female STEM professionals do with FASE?
- Teach girls about STEM career and guide them through their education/experience pathway
- Have lunch with the girls at FASE Discovery Camp and talk about STEM experiences
- Visit an after-school program and talk to the girls about your STEM area
- Visit classrooms to talk about STEM careers, finding funding for college and what college is like
- Serve on a panel of female STEM professionals
- Facilitate small group discussions about your experiences in STEM – with education, training, and career opportunities
- Show girls that women can change the world and help people by using their STEM skills!
BECOME A FABFEM!
FabFems are women from a broad range of professions in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). They are passionate, collaborative, and work to make the world a better place. Many girls have similar interests but aren’t connected to adults who exemplify the STEM career pathway. This is where you come in. Create a FabFems profile to expand girls’ career options, dispel stereotypes and spark their interests – just by being you.
The FabFems directory is a national database of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions who are inspiring role models for young women. The FabFems directory is accessible to young women, girl-serving STEM programs, and other organizations that are working to increase career awareness and interest in STEM.