Algonquin

Girls' Place in STEM

Oct 06, 2021

According to the American Census in 1970, women made up 8% of STEM workers. In 2019, that number increased to 27%.

Not only this, but men outnumber women in STEM university majors dramatically. This gap between sexes in such influential and high paying jobs of the future permits the industry to be dominated by one sex and eliminates the female voice in STEM. It’s for this reason that Best Brains of Algonquin works actively to create a place in STEM for our female students.

To do this, we fight to bust down any taboos or prejudices about what defines a scientist, mathematician, programmer, etc. Here are just a few of the ways that we work to do just that.

  1. Encourage practice as the defining factor in growth rather than innate talents.
  2. Give each student an individualized and holistic education that suits them and their needs.
  3. Allow for all sorts of scoring -- multiple choice, short answer, etc. Create a space for everyone to excel in whatever way they do best.
  4. Provide strong female mentors who encourage female students to be their best. We ensure to maintain a team of teachers with inspiring role models for our female students to look up to and trust.
  5. Advocate for early exposure. Providing practical experience and encouraging young girls to follow their draw to STEM helps to plant the seed early on.

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