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Science, technology, girls and the media November 25, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in Uncategorized.
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Maybe some food for thought? We continue to struggle to get the word out that there are opportunities in our field, and as soon as there is any success a media story provides a negative spin.

Robby Robin's Journey

Let’s start with STEM.  What comes to mind?  Plant stems?  Long-stemmed roses (or tulips)?  Stemware?  Stem cells?  For those of us who are immersed in the world of science and technology, STEM has a different meaning; it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  STEM as an acronym has been in use for several years now, but it is hardly a household word.  What caused an acronym like STEM to see the light of day anyway?  Several years ago, employers and public policy specialists began to realize that we (the U.S. and Canada) are not producing enough home-grown graduates to fill the needs of existing science and technology based companies.  As well as posing a huge challenge for technology and technology-supported enterprises, without sufficient young people studying in STEM areas, our capacity for new innovation will suffer.  One statistic that comes as a surprise to many is that more than half…

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