So I want to introduce you to a new series that I will be putting out there for you all called Science Sunday. Every other week I will go through principles or research or maybe even an experiment or two that you can do at home.With my background in medical research this is a great addition to my blog and I hope you enjoy it. I would love you input on what you might be interested in seeing in additional Science Sunday posts.
S.T.E.M. is the newest buzzword around anything science related, especially in education. S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering,and Math. What it really stands for today is a movement to get girls (and boys) more interested in careers in these fields. The majority of S.T.E.M. careers are occupied by men. While nothing is wrong with that or our boys being interested in S.T.E.M. most girls have never really had the chance to become interested in those type of careers. S.T.E.M. education for girls is usually limited to the basic classes taught in school.
Why has this happened and why is the S.T.E.M. movement important? There is no straight answer for that but, data points to the fact that science careers are considered more manly and girls have been led to more female careers, like teaching and nursing. While these careers have S.T.E.M. elements they are not in the high science fields. Second is all S.T.E.M. products have been geared toward boys at an earlier age, especially in the form of toys. Well, as I am sure you have seen or heard, that is all changing. Thanks to other woman stepping out of the box and believing in what they were doing in S.T.E.M. careers, girls now have more opportunity than ever. A special shout out to one of my role models Marie Curie, a physicist and chemist who was the first woman to win the Noble prize and the only woman to win twice with her radioactivity research. These pioneering women have opened the door for girls to pursue science careers. This is happening with increased awareness of S.T.E.M., along with toys, books, and conferences.
S.T.E.M. is now a career for anyone and I am a big supporter of S.T.E.M. principles and careers for everyone, especially girls. It is not the easiest route and that could be a reason why but it is completely worth it, coming from a woman who has succeeded in a S.T.E.M. career.
So, get out there and help me and many others support S.T.E.M. principles.