The number of job opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields is expected to grow steadily over the next decade. And STEM workers earn on average 26 percent more than those in non-STEM fields, according to the US Senate’s Joint Economic Committee.
And even though 57 percent of Bachelor’s degrees were earned by women in 2009, according to the Senate report, only 14 percent of Engineers are women, and just 27 percent of those working in science and math positions.
The Young Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County sponsored a “Girl Power: Reach for the Stars” event at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab – to introduce middle and high school girls to careers in STEM.
The place was packed – with educational institutions and businesses selling the magic of STEM education and careers to young women. As well as girls and their parents taking it all in. One highlight was the robot, built by Atholton High School programmed to shoot baskets (pictured).
Her Mind was there! We gave away stacks of our Spring “Girl Power” themed issue.
Editor, Her Mind