Where are the girls in STEAM?

Boys seem to have an inherent attraction to “Technology” but what about girls? There are now lots of games that girls play, I’ve learned to play them myself, Candy Crush, Bejeweled and now Cookie Crush! More and more girls are showing up in Engineering, coding and business information technology classes but not at the rate that is needed to fill the jobs being created.

It’s time that educators realize that girls are the “underserved’ when it comes to STEAM careers and they need to make adjustments in the classroom so girls can get on the right track to pursue education and career choices that will provide financial independence for them!

More schools need to have STEAM programs during and after schools. If you look at my LINKS page you will find opportunities at many college and university sites for camps and classes and other programs like Cyber Patriot, Vex Robotics, Scratch and more to get a club started in your school. Girls find a science or math teacher that you like and ask them to sponsor your school’s club and get started. Just being with other girls that have like minded ideas will inspire you to seek opportunities for your club. Just get started!

For the girls in your life – encourage them to THINK BIG!

I see the numbers, they say the job numbers have improved and employment is down to 5.3% but what type of jobs are they?

I’m pretty certain the parents in Loudoun County want their children, sons and daughters to reach for the stars and become responsible, independent, resourceful adults. Girls will spend much of their lives working and we want to help them make choices to create a life that encourages their passion and earn a living wage that allows them to be financially independant. While more girls attend college and receive their degrees and even go on for graduate degrees they are not seeking STEM degrees as much as the boys. The reason this is an issue? The sheer number of jobs in these areas continues to grow and we have to bring non-Americans into our country to fill the positions. Why not encourage our girls to reach for these high paying jobs?

Opportunities are endless in STEAM careers, they are good paying jobs that offer challenge and excitement and in 2015, 2019, 2023, most good jobs require skills and that means technology. So if you passion is art, math, science you will be using technology. If you have an expertise and add a degree in a technology area you will find awesome opportunities at home and abroad.

If you are a woman in STEAM and want to connect with other women in STEAM, please reach out to me. We’re looking to assist girls to see their dreams in opportunities in STEAM. If more girls chose careers that enabled them to be financially independent, I think they would make different choices and there might be less drama for women in general.If you have a STEAM business and want to share what you do with girls, please email me at mg@maryannglueckert.com

Summer Camps for career choices

When my daughter was in third grade she went to horse camp, Camp Rim Rock! she loved it and went back for several years, lots of fun, camaraderie and things to do that she would not not ordinarily get to do. This is what summer camp is about, a way for children to glimpse into other areas that may or may not interest them. For children that don’t have a strong interest in any one thing going to camps that offer lots of things to do, even things they may not want try because when their peers try them and love them, they might too.

As she grew older, we tried, modeling camp, design camp, interior design camp, these were dream careers, but she realized through this process they weren’t her dreams.

I wish then I knew about camps that offered robotics, programming and gaming as they would have surely been enlightening to her and may have sparked the technology bug earlier giving her an edge in todays world.

In today’s world every child needs to be enlightened by technology and the careers they might dream of…lipstick engineer? The thing is that your 8 or 9 year old couldn’t possibly know what they might want to do when they are 22 because many of the jobs haven’t been created yet. So go ahead and find a summer camp that is out of this world, off the charts and gives your student a new dream!