Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Getting Girls in STEM

PostedApril 2, 2016

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Anchor Lede: In conjunction with the U-S-A Science and Engineering Expo, taking place in D-C April 16th and 17th, new findings will be announced on how to interest more girls in those careers.

Randy Atkins: There is a serious lack of diversity in science and engineering says Meeta Sharma-Holt, who heads the Washington chapter of Techbridge – a  non-profit focused on inspiring girls in underserved communities.

Meeta Sharma-Holt: Programs need to really consider that girls aren’t the same as boys, that we need to create environments and opportunities that are specific for girls.

Randy Atkins: That’s one of the conclusions of a new white paper Techbridge produced with the support of Chevron. Another is that girls aren’t as drawn as boys to tinkering or coding just for the fun of it.

Meeta Sharma-Holt: Girls are more interested in engineering, in computer science when they think that the app they might make has some sort of effect on their friend, their community, or some global issue as a whole.

Randy Atkins: Sharma-Holt hopes to use such findings to better design collaborative efforts involving students, parents, schools, non-profits, and industry to engage girls in exploring high-tech fields. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.

Anchor Tag: The white paper will be released on April 14.