The North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs has compiled resources to engage youth in high-quality STEM content and to create a long-term investment in STEM careers, specifically for girls and minorities. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, women make up only 29% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, and men vastly outnumber women majoring in most STEM fields in college. Intersectional inequalities of gender, race, ethnicity, and class can hinder identification with and long-term participation in STEM for girls and minorities. Out-of-school time programs can provide youth, particularly girls and minorities, with opportunities to participate in high-quality informal STEM activities and support their interest, confidence, and sense of belonging in STEM careers.
The IF/THEN® Collection is the largest free resource of its kind dedicated to increasing access to authentic and relatable images of real women in STEM.
In the digital library, there are thousands of photos, videos, and other assets that authentically represent women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The content features careers as diverse as shark tagging, fashion design, and training Olympic athletes, and nudges public perceptions in a more realistic direction that illuminates the importance of STEM everywhere.
The FabFems directory is an international database of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions who are inspiring role models for young women. The FabFems directory is accessible to young women, girl-serving STEM programs, and other organizations that are working to increase career awareness and interest in STEM.
Many girls have similar interests but aren’t connected to adults who exemplify the STEM career pathway. Create a FabFems profile to expand girls’ career options, dispel stereotypes and spark their interests.
ChickTech is dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers. They facilitate hands-on technology-centric events to empower, support, and increase the confidence of women and girls.
SMITHSONIAN EDUCATION CENTER
This web page is designed to provide STEM resources for all students–girls and boys. It is our belief that firsthand experiences in STEM will serve girls and young women well–so that the young girls of today, will be the history-makers of tomorrow.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of resources and this page will be updated periodically.