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How a Pennsylvania School Engaged Girls in STEM Education

Written by Bill Laurienti

How can schools engage more girls in STEM education?

It’s a question asked by schools throughout the country across the full socioeconomic and demographic spectrum. And for good reason.

While women make up roughly half of the U.S. workforce, more than 75% of STEM careers are held by men. 

For Holy Child Academy near Philadelphia, their solution includes three critical components:

  • Start Early: A Journal of Science study showed that girls begin to lose interest in science at a disproportional rate as early as age 6.
  • Integrate the Arts with Traditional STEM Subjects: STEAM continues to gain traction to describe this approach.
  • Provide an opportunity for hands-on, project-based learning: Holy Child partnered with us to provide curriculum, an engaging space, professional development, and a Student Learning Process to their STEAM program.

Bill Laurienti

Bill Laurienti is a Content Marketing Specialist at Creative Learning Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education (English) from Colorado Mesa University and a Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching from the University of California's Rossier School of Education. Bill came to CLS after 10 years in the secondary classroom. He believes SmartLabs are important tools for engaging unengaged students and helping them access careers they might not otherwise have imagined.

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