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STEM Education Aimed at Girls

February 11, 2013
We write a fair bit about STEM education here at BIOtechNOW, so I was a bit surprised to come across a word I'd never heard before. STEMinists  may be a made-up word, but it's still a good one.

STEM in the MiddleIn case you haven't figured it out yet, let me help you:
STEM + feminists =  STEMinists.

In other words, it's a young women who's interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

As the father of two girls I have embraced the importance of initiatives that promote and encourage girls to stick with STEM education. There's no doubt that when kids are young they all like science - their waking hours are consumed with discovery. However, as girls grow there are a number of factors that tend to steer them away from STEM interests.

To stem (pardon the pun) this tide, Rhode Island's Tech Collective established a program known as STEM in the Middle. It aims to increase awareness, interest, and participation through a day of hands-on interactive workshops and a learning lunch session with industry professionals.

This past November, nine workshops – ranging from biotechnology and DNA, social media, mathematics, engineering, computer technology and programming, science, and electronics – were designed and delivered by 20 female industry professionals and faculty. Companies and organizations bringing real-world insight and experience to the Expo were: Amgen, Catch the Science Bug, The Rhode Island Foundation, the U.S. Navy, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, and Rhode Island College.

Read more about this great program here.