Girls (and Boys) and STEM
with Sylvia Martinez
Barbie is unlikely to become an engineer (and neither is Ana, Tenasia, Karla, or Juan). Women only receive about 20% of Engineering degrees. And if she persists despite the obstacles, she’s probably going to be paid less than men with identical qualifications. In this Edchat Interactive, Sylvia Martinez will guide us as we explore how to make sure STEM opportunities are open for all.
- What assumptions are we all making that inhibit girls from pursuing and thriving in STEM careers?
- How can we take advantage of the differences between male and female approaches, skills, and aptitudes in STEM?
- How do we strengthen the STEM <–> Playfulness connection?
- What gender-inclusive practices can we all embrace?
Sylvia Martinez is co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom, a book that has been called the “bible of the classroom maker movement”. For the previous ten years, Sylvia was President of Generation YES, a non-profit organization evangelizing student leadership through modern technology. Martinez started her career as an electrical engineer designing high frequency receiver systems and navigation software for GPS satellites. A popular international keynote, workshop leader, and consultant, Sylvia speaks on topics of design thinking and making, the lessons for schools from the global Maker Movement, student empowerment, STEM, gender issues in technology, games and learning, and digital citizenship.