NEW YORK - December 2013 - While 57% of bachelor degrees are earned by women, just 12% of computer science degrees are awarded to women. By 2018, over 70% of STEM jobs will be in computing, followed by traditional engineering. Today, only about one in seven engineers is a woman in the US, and women only represent 11% of registered engineers in Canada. As the technology sector continues to grow and show potential for increasing capacity, Girls Inc. remains dedicated to providing girls the opportunities to discover their passion for science through Operation SMART.
Girls Inc. affiliates across the U.S. and Canada deliver programming, which encourages girls to develop enthusiasm for and skills in STEM through hands-on activities think like scientists. Through Operation SMART, girls establish meaningful mentoring relationships with leaders in STEM fields. Affiliates also partner with colleges and community corporations for girls to explore careers and higher education options in STEM industries.
During Computer Science Education Week 2013, we recognized Admiral Grace Murray Hopper for inspiring girls to discover their love of science and join the national movement around STEM. Girls Inc. girls demystified code and learned the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator in technology that is shaping the future. Girls across our network participated in Hour of Code, experienced the wonders of computer science, and explored activities that are possible without computers.
In Holyoke, MA, Girls Inc. girls teamed up with The Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to host their first ever Hour of Code. Read more about their partnership here. At Girls Inc. of Worcester, MA. two STEM program facilitators worked with a group of 40 girls ranging from grades 4-8 on an Hour of Code.