Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Generation Stem is a comprehensive white paper prepared by the Girl Scout Research Institute. The report stresses that girls are indeed interested in STEM subjects, but still struggle with gender barriers. The report also provides details on the STEM interest and abilities of African American and Hispanic girls, noting that the majority have high interest, high levels of confidence and a strong work ethic, but have less support, exposure and lower academic achievement than Caucasian girls. The report focuses on girls relationship with STEM, but emphasizes that engineering, in particular, has an image problem with girls, noting that “Girls may identify more with the process of becoming an engineer than with the idea or label of being an engineer when they grow up.”

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