The statistics behind women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are still far from indicating an even playing field
Women in Science
The fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are being heavily encouraged in developed countries, but developing regions, especially those affected by war and extreme poverty are lagging behind in this field.
Encouraging STEM growth in developing countries is important because many new jobs are being created in booming medicine, computer and IT industries worldwide. Educating people in these fields is going to bring tremendous growth to the nation’s economy and help get people out of poverty.
Developing countries still suffer from tremendous poverty throughout the countries, but we are trying to change this partly through educational initiatives.
Our STEM initiatives strive to build up STEM education where young people are inspired to take science and technology-based career paths to become tomorrow’s much-needed global technology leaders.
We support robotics programs and competitions for children. We are working towards becoming centers for advanced specialized studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related disciplines, as well as in agriculture and health.
We are hopeful that STEM initiatives will help fill the shortage of skilled workers that Africa is facing in health, telecommunications, and industry.
STEM education can remove poverty and reduce inequality in developing countries. However, there are several cultural challenges that countries face when implementing long-term improvements in STEM, including children losing interest in STEM classes and the gender stereotypes that often leave girls behind.
A structure in a medical compound in the Nuba mountains damaged by a bomb dropped on their location.
Social Impact Labs
We promote science and technology education in remote regions of developing countries by implementing STEM laboratories and programs in schools in partnership with student organizations at different universities.
During the summer, college students travel to high schools in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, and Refugee camps to teach courses on cutting edge technologies such as 3D printing and design, electronics, programming, drones, and biotechnology.
They continue to work with the students remotely to help them prepare for a STEM fair, held at the end of the year. Selected projects are subsequently presented at universities, where students are invited to participate in workshops, tour labs, and visit area universities.
We are a platform that transfers knowledge across the globe and we want to inspire as many students in as many fields as we can.
We encourage students to use their education to solve real problems in their remote communities.
We introduce programming experiences by coding in Python, programming electronics and building drones, and eventually building projects with the social impact such as a prosthetic hand and limbs for survivors of bombs, and automated irrigation system or water contamination detectors.
STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) education can have a significant impact on moving people out of poverty.
People in developing countries are working to educate the next generation of their workforce in STEM area disciplines. There are many hurdles to jump through: willing teachers, money, and long-held traditions. However, the children benefitting from these efforts are gaining valuable experience in a consistently growing field.
We collaborate with university students to teach coding and mentor students on critical thinking and mental exercise to improve their academic excellence and improve their problem-solving skills.
Gender stereotypes create a serious challenge and can lead to the girls getting left behind in career pursuits. In general, the participation of women in science and technology fields is unsatisfactory.
In some countries, the literacy rate of women is almost half that of men. There is a long way ahead to remove this imbalance before an equal employment rate among men and women is a true reality.
This is why we are aiming to encourage and recognize women who are making strides in the STEM arena.
In developed countries, a connection between the student’s self-confidence and their achievement in science is recognizable. However, they tend not to place a high interest in science and technology.
On the contrary, in developing countries, science is a luxury and a privilege. The students are realizing that the route to improving their lives is through a STEM-related career, and are more eager to take part in these classes.
In general, many factors such as the teaching methods, the curriculum, and the evaluation have a direct impact on how eager the students will be to take the classes. The high-quality, hands-on teaching is supposed to help students build a connection between what is taught and what they experience in life outside the school so that the students become more interested.
Another frequently cited reason for the students becoming reluctant to pursue STEM is the fact that these fields are perceived to be more difficult to achieve good grades than in other subjects. Again it seems that modifications to the educational system and its evaluation methods are the main solutions.
In addition to training scientists and engineers, society relies on many other factors to reach its actual potential. For example, the correct management of these human resources is of paramount importance.
Otherwise, burn out could very well happen after spending a large amount of money to train the engineers.
An engineer or a scientist is a problem solver but they are trained to solve certain problems. They are not expected to have the appropriate skills to analyze market-related issues when mass-manufacturing a product, to predict the market, to raise fund for their projects, or answer questions such as when to take a risk and how much risk is acceptable. They simply need to focus on the problems for which they have been trained.
As a result, besides training engineers, it is necessary to have the appropriate management to give correct directions and sufficient support to the engineers throughout their work.
Promoting STEM in the educational system is a big step towards creating job opportunities in the booming industry of medicine, computer, and IT. According to a study by the United Nations, STEM education could help remove poverty and reduce inequality in developing countries.
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