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Tips for Encouraging Girls in STEM


SciGirls is designed to spark girls’ curiosity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through activities that promote knowledge and discovery. Our program—including the TV show, website and educational outreach—is all about hands-on science inquiry. Participants learn the scientific process, work collaboratively to investigate meaningful questions and see how STEM helps people solve problems, achieve goals and help others.

How can you help?

Supporting girls in basic ways offers a great foundation for their science success:

  • Encourage Questions

    Encourage girls’ natural curiosity about the world. Scientists are professional question askers. Let her know that it’s perfectly acceptable to not have all the answers, and encourage her to explore and discover!

  • Offer a STEM-friendly Home

    Science happens everywhere. Gardening, auto mechanics, construction, cooking and plumbing all use STEM skills. Encourage safe experimentation and discovery in the kitchen and backyard, where she can practice predicting, measuring, observing and analyzing. Offer basic supplies, Internet access, a library card and a space where she can get a little messy.

  • Provide School Smarts

    With the growing importance of science and technological literacy, it is important to strengthen girls’ engagement, interest and confidence in middle school. Once in high school, girls will make choices that will either open or close doors to continued STEM studies and eventual careers in the field. Help them make educational choices and see the connections between science and math classes and future career options. Start early!

  • Help Girls Access Opportunities

    Great science learning happens outside the classroom as well. In addition to programs such as SciGirls, learning opportunities for kids can be found at science museums, zoos, scouting organizations and STEM clubs during afterschool hours, weekends and summer breaks. These programs often provide girls with introductions to working female mentors, who can help girls navigate the course of becoming a scientist.

  • Talk the Talk

    Talk to girls in your life about math and science. Ask them about what they are learning in school. Encourage them to share their struggles and their successes!

Why STEM?

Science has a lot to offer young people:

  • Careers

    Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM, are important fields for the future. Jobs in these areas offer higher than average salaries, and employment in science and engineering occupations are expected to increase much faster than the overall growth rate for occupations. In other words, STEM is where the good jobs are!

  • Life Skills

    At the most basic level, scientists and engineers attempt to find out how things work. The scientific process and engineering design process offer a framework for understanding important ideas, big and small. In addition, while using the scientific process, young people learn how to plan, cooperate, communicate, problem solve, and apply their creativity.

  • Science Literacy

    In today’s fast-moving, tech-driven, global economy, it’s important for everyone to have basic scientific knowledge that serves as a foundation for a lifetime of learning and informed decision making. Even if a girl chooses to go into another field, a background in STEM will serve her well in the future.

  • Springboard for Opportunities

    New technologies are being invented everyday; it’s impossible to anticipate what inventions may drive our culture in the next five or ten years. A background rich in science and mathematics makes for flexible, logical minds, and increases the capacity for youth to continue learning.

  • Fun Times!

    Science isn’t just serious business. While pursuing interests in STEM, young people can try new things, meet engaging people and go interesting places.


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