On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, the STEM Education Coalition hosted a virtual discussion titled, ” Girls in STEM: High-Quality, Hands-on Experiences Matter.” The gender gap is widest in the fastest growing fields like computer science and engineering, and this difference has been attributed to a variety of factors such as gender stereotypes, fewer role models, and male-dominated cultures, but a pervasive obstacle throughout the pipeline is confidence. Yet, women who gain confidence in both their intellectual ability and practical skills while in high school through STEM research experiences have a greater chance of pursuing a STEM major in college and career. Wednesday’s panelists discussed policy ideas to provide young girls with experiential learning opportunities in high school and analyze the overall impact that this exposure has on their confidence to pursue STEM fields in post-secondary education and careers.
- Dr. Crystal Miller, Director of Fellowships in Science Research & Engineering Kettering Fund Chair for Student Research
- Dr. Josh Witten, Director of Research and Inquiry at South Carolina’s Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics
- Cathi Rodgveller, CEO and Founder, IGNITE Worldwide
- Dr. Jeanne Mekolichick, President, Council on Undergraduate Research
- James Brown, Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition (Moderator)