Can creativity spark the next generation of STEM? Mary Manzo speaks up

Over the past few weeks, Mary Manzo has been discussing the lack of women in the technology industry, why it matters and what we can do to close the gap as part of her weekly Tech Watch segment on Women to Watch with Susan Rocco.

This week, Mary introduces the concept that if we, as adults, can start to influence young girls to see technology differently, then maybe the percentages of women earning computer science degrees will start to slowly increase.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer systems design and related services will grow by 3.9 percent, compared with the national industry average of 1.3 percent. Clearly, the tech industry is the place to be for job-seekers and it is likely this number will grow.

There is so much opportunity for women in the technology sector, but influencing young girls at an early age without force will be tricky. To foster a love for the topic, the key is to make it a part of everyday life.

To do this, we need to spark a young girls interest in science, technology, engineering and math activities.

Playdough to Plato is an incredible website for kids that provides awesome ideas and fun games to stimulate the brain.  “Pour a rainbow in a jar” uses everyday household ingredients to create a magical jar full of colors that a child can display. 

Made with Code was started because increasingly more aspects of our lives are powered by technology, yet women aren’t represented in the roles that make technology happen. They have great activities to teach girls about computer coding like “Make the next film” or “Design the next trend in fashion.”

With google at your fingertips, it doesn’t take much effort to find fun ways to foster a girl’s interest through activity without forcing technology on them.

What are your thoughts? To listen to Mary’s full segment, tune in below:

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