What You Missed: This Week’s Top STEM Stories

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A Place in STEM: Sixty lucky girls have been getting the experience of a lifetime this year thanks to tech company Qualcomm's education outreach program. Thanks to this program the girls are finding that they have a place in STEM, and that's what's truly important.

Co-Ed Coding: Coding schools are proving to be an incredible equalizer for females and males, showing more balanced levels of gender distribution than most universities and tech companies. One possible reason for this is coding "bootcamps" allow interested students in who could have no background in coding or technology, while universities and employers require experience and expertise.

Girls-Only Engineering: Hoping to combat gender inequality in STEM in a different way, the City of Glasgow College in Scotland is now offering a female-only engineering class. Girls said they were more confident in classes with just girls, so this new female-only class could go a long way.

Mentors for Engineers: Canadian women entering engineering have a new friend, thanks to the Ontario Society for Professional Engineers new two-year mentorship program. The program is intended to help females starting their careers in engineering, since while females account for 18% of engineering graduates they represent an even smaller part of the engineering workforce.

Strong Women Make Strong Economies: Based on the UN's report on women and proved by Botswana's own population, economies are stronger and grow when women are empowered, says Botswana's Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry. Women in Botswana make up a large part of its business sector, contributing to the economy's growth.