Women and Girls in STEM

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Advancing Women and Girls in STEAM - STEAM careers represent the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. You may see the acronym STEAM used in place of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

AIA Connecticut - The Architecture in Our Community Video Series provides bite-size content for teachers and parents to share with students in middle grades. This series offers exposure to the architecture industry through the stories of five local projects presented by a member of each project’s design team. Each video presentation highlights one Connecticut project and focuses on one aspect of the architectural design process. Projects are recognizable and/or easy to visit for students and their families. The goal of this series is to increase exposure to the profession and to a diversity of design professionals. The program is designed to be useful for homeschooling, remote, or in-classroom instruction

Association of Women in Mathematics - The AMW provides a variety of resources to support K-12 students and teachers including activities for students, summer camps, teacher resources, and grants.

Coding Resources for Women at Every Stage of Their Career - This resource introduces some of history’s most influential women in computer science, then offers technical coding and community-based resources to foster lifelong learning opportunities for girls and women at every age and stage of their lives and careers. 

Computer Science.org - In and effort to help women gain access to STEM opportunities this comprehensive guide includes top online programs, scholarship opportunities, and career statistics within the industry. 

Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) - The Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal fund offers technical assistance to assist with promoting nontraditional career pathways in Career and Technical Education (CTE).  Their resources focus on recruitment and retention and the unique issues faced by nontraditional students.

Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame - STEMfems Junior is a series of easy-to-implement free educational modules designed specifically to address the critical gender gap in STEM. The modules provides opportunities for teachers to embed these modules in their curriculum to highlight pioneering Connecticut women in STEM through the stories of one Connecticut woman’s contributions to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. The modules are suitable for grades 3-5 and offers discussion activities and creative activities to encourage young people to explore the field of the inductee. 

Connection.com - Guide designed to fight underrepresentation. The guide includes information about the need for women in tech, why women are underrepresented, how to encourage women and girls to pursue STEM, and more.

A Digital List: Helpful Engineering Games - This website provides a variety of engineering games and activities. The engineering process involves thinking about what you want to build first and then designing a structure that achieves your goals.

Girls for Technology - Girls For Technology, Inc., provides girls between the ages of 11-17 opportunities for hands-on programs.  Through a variety of engaging, educational, and career-oriented programs, Girls For Technology aims to expose girls in middle school and high school to science, technology, engineering, and math.

Girls RiseNET - With the goal of motivating girls in grades six through 12 to explore careers in science and engineering, this resource provides a resource catalog of crowd-sourced research and resources on engaging girls in engineering.

Girlstart - Through its comprehensive programming, Girlstart provides a year-round, intensive suite of STEM education programs for K-12 girls. Girlstart’s core programs foster STEM skills development, an understanding of the importance of STEM as a way to solve the world’s major problems, as well as an interest in STEM electives, majors, and careers.

Girls Who Code - The Girls Who Code Club model is a yearlong program offering essential computer science education and exposure to middle and high-school aged girls nationwide. It includes monthly project-based activities that can be implemented in a wide range of settings, such as after-school clubs to monthly workshops, and is led by industry professionals.

A Guide for Women to Break into Information Technology - This guide covers everything from the different career choices under the IT umbrella, to training seminars, education, and organizations that provide support to women in tech.

JASON - The Jason Project highlights women in STEM-related fields. Some of the women recently featured whose live events were recorded and can be viewed include:

  • Kris Ludwig, USGS Hazards Scientist;
  • Suzanne Doughty, Social Media Editor at Dell;
  • Molly Curran, Deep Sea Engineer; and
  • Keri Bean, Mars Rover Driver.

Learn to Code From Home - List of free educational websites and game recommendations that are meant for beginners who want to learn about coding.

National Center for Women & Informational Technology (NCWIT) - NCWIT provides hundreds of free and easy-to-use resources for K–12, higher education, and corporations that support your effort to raise awareness, increase knowledge, and empower action to make sure every voice is heard.

Nation Girls Collaborative Program - NGCP brings together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers.

PBS: SciGils: STEM-sational Resources - SciGirls is a show for kids ages 8-12, showcasing bright, curious, real tween girls putting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to work in their everyday lives. A good source of tips and activities designed to get girls interested in science and math.

Resources for Women in STEM - This resource from HP contains STEM programs that are exclusively for young women and a financial aid/scholarship section for girls interested in pursuing a career in STEM or computer programming.

Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) - This Web page provides STEM resources and information on STEM initiatives to assist in cultivating females' STEM, manufacturing, and design (STEM2D) interests at an early age and help them continue to grow and develop in these areas.

Solitaired - Learn about women’s contributions to the tech space in this customized solitaire deck.

STEM Careers Coalition Careers PortalThis website provides a variety of resources featuring career profiles, student activations, challenges, classroom activities, virtual field trips, and more.

The Guide to Colleges & Careers for Women in STEM - This guide provides women with resources to successfully pursue an education and career in these industries by providing information on colleges for women in STEM, women-focused STEM scholarships, and STEM career and college organizations for women.

Tips for Getting Girls Involved in STEM - This website provides several tips to increase involvement of girls in STEM., goes in-depth on women engineers and scientist, different jobs, and a ton more!

Women in STEM College and Career Guide - This guide provides information regarding college education and career choices including women-focused STEM scholarships and STEM career and college organizations for women.

Women in Tech - A Complete Guide This guide is intended to encourage more women to enter the tech field. This is accomplished by examining the gender gap and providing information about opportunities that exist for women interested in science, technology and engineering. These opportunities include scholarships, internships, and employment.

Women in the Environment - The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental protection offers free educational materials and resources that focus on the contribution made by women pertaining to the study and protection of the environment from the past to the present.

Articles about Women and Girls in STEM

AAUW. Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. (2010). Retrieved from https://www.aauw.org/.

Advance CTE.  (2019) Expanding Opportunity to Access.  Retrieved from https://cte.careertech.org/.

Forbes, Moira. (March 29, 2019). Advice for the Next Generation of Women in STEM. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/.

Lumby, Andrew. “A Guide for Minorities In STEM.” Master's in Data Science, 27 Mar. 2020.

Miller, D.I, Nolla, K.M., Uttal, D.H., & Eagly, A.H.(2018).The Development of Children's Gender‐Science Stereotypes: A Meta‐analysis of 5 Decades of U.S. Draw‐A‐Scientist Studies. Retrieved from https://srcd.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/.

Milosh, Alex. “Resources to Get Women Started in the Tech Field: Atera's Blog.” Atera, 21 July 2020.

Purcell, Karen. (2015). Edutopia: Five Ways to Get Girls into STEM. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/.

Purdue University Global. (2021, January 5). Resources for Women in Computer Technology. Purdue Global.

Wong, Kristen. (March 1, 20199). She Came, She Saw, She Conquered: 8 Women Who Changed the WorldRetrieved from https://thestoryexchange.org/.

Writers, Staff. “Women in Computer Science.” ComputerScience.org, ComputerScience.org, 22 Oct. 2019.