The Girl Scout Research Institute released an exciting new report, Generation
STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math,
on February 14, 2012. Generation STEM is a national research report
investigating girls' perceptions of, attitudes toward, and interests in the
subjects and general fields of science, technology, engineering, and math
(STEM). The study concludes that girls are interested in STEM and aspire to STEM
careers, but they need further exposure to and education about what STEM careers
can offer, and how STEM can help girls make a difference in the world.
STEM was released nationally on Valentine's Day at the New York Academy of
Sciences in New York City. Anna Maria Chávez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA, and
Ellis Rubenstein, President & CEO, NY Academy of Sciences, introduced the
study and opened the event. The event—Girls Love STEM—featured a panel of
experts in science, industry, research, and media, as well as a Girl Scout from
the New York metro area with a passion for STEM.
research findings were highlighted, including:
percent of girls nationwide are interested in the fields of science, technology,
engineering, and math; girls like being creative, asking questions, and solving
percent of STEM-interested girls are interested in pursuing a STEM career, but
only 13 percent say a STEM career is their first choice.
to STEM activities and careers is low, and girls are aware of gender barriers in
STEM career development and the workplace.
interested in STEM are excellent students and high achievers, and have more STEM
exposure and great adult support in pursuing STEM, compared to girls who are not
interested in STEM.
want to make a difference in the world, and they want to help people.
Eighty-eight percent of all girls want a career that will help them make a
difference in the world.
The panel discussion was inspiring. Erin
Harding talked about her passion for robotics and interest in engineering as a
lead member of the Icebreakers robotics team. She explained how tired she is of
stereotypes that prevent girls from pursuing math and science; she wants to
“bring the girliness to STEM.” Dr. Hoover connected her important work in
pharmaceutical research to helping others, a relationship that girls typically
don't recognize. Dr. Groome encouraged parents to get their daughters excited
about science and math, and to “discover the answers together” when they hit a
roadblock. Additionally, Anna Kuchment encouraged girls to look for internship
opportunities with, for instance, science labs, with the aim of establishing
Check out GSRI's live blog for a rundown of Girls Love