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Posted April 21, 2013 by Sean Blackmore in Technology
 
 

Innovations inspire high school girls to become next generation of female innovators, change the world through STEM



When the high school class of 2014 graduates from college in 5 years, more than eight million jobs will be available in the fields of science, technologies, engineering and math (STEM). For students these days, STEM is their future.

Innovations driven by STEM are shaping these days&rsquos economy. Although STEM accounts for a majority of job development in the U.S., the quantity of students enrolling in relevant degree programs in college to fill these positions continues to decline, leaving a gap of skilled experts. Females, in certain, are underrepresented in STEM. Even though girls account for practically half of all filled jobs nationwide, only a quarter of STEM-related positions are held by women.

Even with the identified gap, a lot of girls are pioneering the market, displaying young girls they as well can be profitable in STEM. They are leading the charge in bettering the globe by creating innovations and technologies such as global, on-line crowd-sourcing platforms that allow supporters to give funds from mobile devices. Other individuals are advancing alternative energy products that provide electrical energy, water and other standard sources in creating nations.

To help bridge the gap and ready the subsequent generation of women innovators, many organizations help initiatives to introduce students, specifically young girls, to the importance of STEM. DeVry University, for instance, has its annual HerWorld system.

&ldquoHerWorld was created 16 years ago to educate higher school girls about STEM and careers in STEM,&rdquo says Donna Loraine, provost/vice president of Academic Affairs at DeVry University. &ldquoOur objective is to show girls how they can make a difference in the world through these fields.&rdquo

A current study by the Girl Scout Study Institute discovered that a lot more than 80 % of high college girls surveyed expressed interest in thinking about a profession in a STEM field, including engineering, details technologies and computer software development. This is a good outlook, as positions in STEM are becoming accessible a lot more swiftly than opportunities in any other field.

HerWorld empowers young women to succeed alongside their male counterparts by participating in self-confidence-developing activities and hands-on workshops. They also hear inspirational stories from actual, female role models functioning in STEM fields.

This year, nearly 7,000 girls from high schools across the country will attend neighborhood events during National HerWorld Month in March. Emmy-Award nominated actress Mayim Bialik, renowned for her roles on tv series Blossom and The Huge Bang Theory, is partnering with DeVry University to further the mission of HerWorld and inspire these girls by sharing her personal STEM journey &ndash balancing her acting career even though earning her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in neuroscience from UCLA.

&ldquoWhen I was a teenager, my biology tutor on the set of Blossom inspired me to think about science in a way that showed me that science was made for girls, as well,&rdquo says Bialik. &ldquoIt gave me the self-confidence to pursue a degree in the sciences. I want to motivate and encourage girls to operate challenging to boost their math and science abilities and their perceptions about these fields, regardless of their profession goals.&rdquo

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