Women in science – the importance of STEM- based learning

Women in science – the importance of STEM- based learning

By Phelps Helps


At Phelps Helps, we believe a STEM education will help to prepare our students for careers which are increasingly classed as the future of the economy. Our Spark program exposes elementary-aged students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts  through hands-on challenges like creating water filtration systems or bridges. While early exposure to these fields is important  this month we asked ourselves, how can we integrate these learnings into our high school program?

As part of our “Book of the Month” campaign, this month the High School Program at Phelps Helps is highlighting the theme of women in science in particular. This is the month of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, this year on February 11. While, according to the UN, women have made tremendous strides in increasing their numbers in higher education, women are still under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines. In fields such as artificial intelligence for example, only one in five professionals is a woman. In engineering, only 28% of graduates are women. Women are more likely to be passed over for promotion and are under-represented in high profile research journals.

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