As a high school student, I happily find comfort in my fellow female peers—whether they are highly involved in speech and debate, newspaper club, or field hockey, all of my wonderful girl friends are skillful, intelligent, and incredibly motivated. However, I often find myself in physics and computer science classes surrounded by boys, where I feel my voice drowned out; I sit in the back corner, often overcast by excited males, ready to answer any question my teacher throws at them. So how can an experience like this (shared by many STEM-oriented girls) be avoided in school? How can we promote STEMinism (STEM + feminism) in an ever-expanding field filled with new technologies and solutions for prevalent problems?
Though this gap has significantly increased over the past couple of decades, women still populate only a quarter of the available, global STEM occupations. In the computer science field, there is a 4:1 male to female ratio, while women comprise 20% of total physicists. In order to minimize these low percentages and decrease gender disparities is aligning/following through with two ideals (1) exposing girls to STEM concepts in their early youth, and (2) learning about exceptional female STEM role models.
The Bold Inventors Studio cultivates a love for STEM fields for all youth. With lessons that are geared towards kids with friendly, engaging storylines, we instill a passion for approaching issues and brainstorming solutions in any student interested! Furthermore, we emphasize that the hero can be anyone, regardless of their gender--whether it be Freya Friction or Marty Motion, anybody can solve any problem in the world with the right attitude, approach, and teamwork!