What You Missed: This Week's Top STEM Stories


The Right Classroom: How do you compare to the girls in a recent study, who said they were more interested in computer science when the classrooms were "less geeky"? Females felt that they didn't fit in when classrooms were decorated in a way that stereotypically appeals to sci-fi and comic-loving "geeks."

You Can Be Yourself: Listen to this sentence: "In a business networking meeting for CEOs, I was tapped on the head and told I was so cute." This is a real experience of a real female CEO, Laura Novak. Recognizing the differences between males and females is important, because succeeding in business doesn't mean having to act like a man. Novak's advice to female entrepreneurs is to be yourself.

Moving Past Gender Bias: Everyone is getting fed up gender bias, so one mechanical engineer, Tongji Li, is speaking up in an essay about the problems she sees. Li is not discouraged by what females face in STEM, but rather she sees it as an opportunity to work harder. She understands the progress that is being made for females and finds hope in that.

Kids in STEAM: One Boys and Girls Club in Delaware has taken the lead with its new STEAM program, teaching children STEM plus art, all integrated with entrepreneurship. The STEAM program makes it possible for children even in low-income families to develop their passions in STEAM careers and learn important new skills with technology.

Some Boss Bosses: U.S. census data shows that female entrepreneurship is growing everywhere, jumping almost 28% from 2007 to 2012. The biggest groups adding to the numbers of female-owned businesses are minorities entering business. In this time frame the number of female Hispanic-owned businesses grew a stunning 87%, and there were similarly large jumps for black and Asian females.

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