“Girls start out as strong in math and science as boys, but lose interest along the way” – CNN: How Do We Get Girls Into STEM?
Did you know that less than 15% of all engineers are women? Only 27% of all computer science jobs are held by women!
Some of the most creative and innovative people I know are female. Not only colleagues and friends but also my daughter and nieces. S.T.E.M. might normally include science, technology, engineering, and math but there are other words that are critical to a quality education such as creativity, problem-solving, communication, etc. Historically, girls have been led to believe that they will excel in writing, dancing, gymnastics, art, music, and teaching but have not been equally encouraged to pursue scientific and technical careers. Times have changed! Female students have been scoring at the same level and sometimes even higher than male students on science and math tests and yet young women tend to lost interest in S.T.E.M. at around 15 years old. Why? Because they are not encouraged enough to study a science or math field.
STEM X is an awesome opportunity to get young women excited about science, technology, engineering, and math! STEM X not only gets young women involved in interesting activities like game design, 3-D printing, architecture, environmental science, and hacking, the program also exposes young women to S.T.E.M. programs in colleges and universities so they can begin preparing for life after high school. STEM X is a unique program in the United States and was featured recently in Scouting Magazine.
But the program is at a Boy Scout camp? How does that work?
While STEM X is located at a Boy Scout camp, the program is fully co-educational. The STEM X program and staff follows all rules and guidelines of the BSA’s Youth Protection program for co-ed programs and includes adult co-ed staff. Young men and women stay in separate overnight accommodations and adult staff stay in the campsites overnight.
STEM X will be held from July 30 to August 4, 2017 at Cherokee Scout Reservation in Yanceyville, NC. The program costs $475 per participant and covers all expenses including food, accommodations, program materials, field trips, etc. To find out more information and register to attend, visit www.bsastemx.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.