Mentorship programs help bridge STEM gender gap

educationdive | April 05, 2019

In the midst of male-dominated fields that can sometimes deter females from entering, mentorship programs are cultivating interest and opening up opportunities to girls in STEM, EdSurge reports. In fact, when it comes to the percentage of girls who understand the relevance of STEM and the possible jobs within it, there's a 20% difference between girls who know a woman in STEM (73%) and those who don't (53%).Women only make up only 29% of the science and engineering workforce, EdSurge notes, citing data from the National Science Board. And when it comes to computing, Girls Who Code thinks the gender gap is getting bigger — by 2027, they estimate that only 22% of computer scientists will be women, down from 37% in 1995 and 24% in 2017. It's similar to a need for more diverse teachers that minority students can look up to — even if girls don't get encouragement from a teacher, friend or family member, seeing a woman succeeding in STEM can show them that they can do the same. As David Shapiro, the CEO of Mentor, told EdSurge, "Research shows that life experience and human relationships give us a sense of what’s possible and help us navigate to those possibilities.”

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We live and work in a multi-device world that allows us access to knowledge at our fingertips. In the learning world this has created a new dimension, which lays emphasis on multi-device/responsive learning. The Learning in a Multi-device World Infographic provides a graphical explanation on the rapid rise in the number of devices and their increased usage in our daily lives that have led to the evolution of ‘The Multi-device World’. It also explains the need for multi-device learning in the present scenario and provides an elucidation on the various aspects pertaining to designing, testing and delivering that have to be considered when getting started with multi-device learning.

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