This year Confidence is proud to announce its Girls in STEM Initiative collaboration with the Dallas ISD, Microsoft, Dart, and other corporations to help provide girls 3rd-8th grade with an opportunity to engage in hands-on STEM projects to encourage and inspire them to pursue careers in STEM, promote social and emotional development, and to develop productive citizens for the community.
Confidence Girls in S.T.E.M Initiative will give girls access to hands-on information and training in various Game Design, Coding, Build your world classes, Web Design, Robotics and more. Through this program, girls will understand that they have a place in the fast- past industry of S.T.E.M and they can achieve.
For years, girls and young women have been a critical missing part of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies, and careers. The gender disparity in STEM fields has sparked important debates on the underlying reasons. Some attribute the gender disparity to social and infrastructural factors, lack of mentors and role models, and lack of awareness about what these fields offer in terms of educational and career opportunities.
The “gender gap” research shows that females who try AP Computer Science in high school are 10x more likely to major in it in college.
According to The Case for Improving U.S. Computer Science Education report, only 22 percent of students who take the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science exam are female, the largest gender diversity gap of any AP exam. The report also shows that females who try AP Computer Science in high school are 10x more likely to major in it in college.