We’ve heard the statistics. We’ve seen the evidence. We know there's disparity for girls and women pursuing academic attainment and careers in STEM fields.
One solution that's tossed into the mix for fixing the issue is advocating for all-girls schools, programs, and organizations. There’s little consensus among the research to indicate why a gender-divided approach works. So, in late spring, we did our own informal, brief investigation at the FIRST® Tech Challenge Robotics Championships in Houston, TX.
A quick glance of the rosters at the championship and you’ll see a good number of all-girls teams participating. To name a few: Ponytail Posse, Rock N’ Roll Robots, RoboChicks, Diva Force, Iron Maidens, and more. We chatted with a few about what having an all-girls team means, how it can help, and why it was important to them.