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More Women Focusing On Engineering And Computer Science At Top Colleges.

 September 19, 2016

The Houston Chronicle  (9/16, Anderson) reports that the number of women enrolling “in engineering and computer science at some of the nation’s most prominent colleges and universities...shows that gender parity is possible in technology fields long dominated by men.” According to federal data, “More than half of engineering bachelor’s degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology went to women in 2015.” Similar results were seen at Dartmouth College, and women are the majority at California’s Harvey Mudd College computer science program. At Carnegie Mellon University, 48 percent of first-year computer science students are women.

 

        Carnegie Mellon Computer Science Dean Committed To Recruiting Women. The Washington Post (9/16, Anderson) reports in a separate piece that Carnegie Mellon computer science dean Andrew Moore is “a fervent advocate for recruiting more women into the field.” The Post reports that during his time at Google, he resolved to be “alert in the future to anything that might be a potential turnoff for girls interested in his field.” Moore says that in addition to the moral imperative to have a diverse student body, there are also practical implications, since the collaborative nature of computer science work means that if “teams aren’t diverse, they’ll have blind spots that can dampen the power of the brainstorming that is essential to the work.”

Girls Work To Support Classmates In STEM Subjects.

 September 12, 2016

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (9/10, Stirgus) reports on an proposal initiated by Teishana Antoine, a junior at Lanier High School in Gwinnett County, Georgia, who likes science and wanted to encourage more interest in the subject by female middle schoolers. With funding from a $3,000 grant by Apple, Intel, and Microsoft, Antoine and peers are starting an afternoon technology camp for girls at Lanier Middle School, with an eye to closing the gender gap regarding science, technology, engineering, and math. Many Gwinnett educators share that goal, as girls lag behind in those subjects on college-entrance exams. Girls interested in such subjects believe the best way to succeed is to support each other, taking advantage of programs like the afterschool camp.

State Department Tackles Gender Gap In STEM.

 August 31, 2016

Education Week  (8/31, Lewis) reports on programs sponsored by the US Department of State engaging girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, where men largely outnumber women worldwide. Among them is “TechGirls,” a summer program which brings students from the Middle East and North Africa to visit tech companies, take part in a coding camp, and engage in service activities – all intended to cultivate their interest in STEM fields. After TechGirls participants return home, their work continues, as the program requires completion of a technology-related project. The State Department also sponsors the WiSci Girls STEAM Camp, which convenes students from around the world for a STEM and art-focused summer camp. “By increasing opportunities for women and girls in the STEM fields, we are getting closer to realizing greater equality for women across the world and widening the pipeline for the next generation of female leaders,” Sarah Shields, the State Department’s program officer for TechGirls, said in an email.

Columbia University Encourages Girls’ Interest In STEM Careers.

 July 25, 2016

The Miami Herald (7/22, Veigacveiga) reported that “this summer, a group of young women from across Miami-Dade County got a hands-on introduction to working in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. They were all selected for Columbia University’s highly competitive Girls in STEM program. The goal: to help more women break through gender barriers in the often male-dominated world of STEM.” The Herald reports that according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, women “are sorely underrepresented in fields such as computer science, engineering and physics. For example, only 7 percent of mechanical engineers are women.”

Study Points To Gender Inequities In CTE.

 July 05, 2016

Matthew Lynch writes at the Education Week (7/4) “Education Futures” blog about new research from Cornell University that points to gender disparities in CTE programs. The study found that male students are more likely to be enrolled in CTE programs and have better employment rates after completion. Moreover, “among 25 to 28-year-old high school graduates in such positions, women made 78 cents for every dollar men made.”

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