When asked about the gender disparity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, Claire commented that for many girls, “if you can see it, you can be it.” Essentially, a big part of the problem is that girls don’t have many female engineers to look up to–less than %14 of engineers are women. Claire explains that female engineering teachers may be part of the solution. If girls see a woman they admire in a certain field, they may be more likely to pursue a related subject. It is also vital to engage girls in STEM from a young age, before gender stereotypes seep in.
According to Claire, the girls at the event enjoyed the real-world application of the skills they were building. The idea of engineering something totally cool that genuinely helps others–that’s something to get excited about. To learn more about using tech for good, jump to Alexa Café for girls ages 10-14.
Do you have a daughter who is interested in STEM? What sparked her interest? Tell us in the comments!