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What Matters to Girls in STEM. Margaret Eisenhart School of Education University of Colorado Boulder. 1. Provide Information about Possibilities in STEM Need for more people and more diverse people in STEM, especially engineering and information technology STEM jobs are good jobs

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What matters to girls in stem

What Matters to Girls in STEM

Margaret Eisenhart

School of Education

University of Colorado Boulder


1. Provide Information about Possibilities in STEM

  • Need for more people and more diverse people in STEM, especially engineering and information technology

  • STEM jobs are good jobs

  • STEM jobs are available jobs


  • Encourage Extensive Exploration of STEM

    • Girls need to know about the range and variety in STEM.

    • Girls need to see STEM as exciting and cutting-edge.

    • Girls need to know that work in STEM “helps people.”



4. Provide On-going, Consistent Parental Support for Girls in STEM

  • Social pressures make STEM a hard sell to girls; be consistently supportive

  • Fathers’ or adult males’

    support especially important

    for girls in STEM


5. Support Transition from High School to College in STEM

6. Support Transition to Work and Family

Be alert for last-minute decisions

against STEM at these junctures.


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