Girls in Science: An Important New Series
Ask a roomful of first graders how many of them are scientists and they'll all raise their hands. First graders know that they don't have to wear lab coats to practice science, even though lab coats are a welcome addition to any first-grade wardrobe. Kids instinctively know that science is for everyone. It's how we figure out the world.
Ask a roomful of sixth graders the same question and you might not get the same response, and most of the raised hands will probably belong to boys. Researchers have discovered that around ages 10-12, many girls start to lose interest in science. Nomad Press's response to this problem is a new series of books called Girls in Science.
According to the National Foundation of Science, 66 percent of girls in fourth grade say they like STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), but only 18 percent of all college engineering majors are female.
Different groups tackle this problem in different ways. Science and technology camps have sprung up to attract girls with an atmosphere of collaboration and team building. Mentorship programs connect girls with women who have succeeded in male-dominated fields. Colleges such as Carnegie Mellon have made sure that women are getting the support they need to succeed in classes where they are outnumbered by men.
One reason girls lose interest in science is a lack of role models. Nomad Press's Girls in Science books supply a bridge between girls’ interests and their potential futures by showing readers examples of women who have succeeded in science. Essential questions embedded within every chapter, QR codes linked to online primary sources, and language that’s designed to encourage readers to connect prior knowledge to new information make these books an integrative reading experience that encourages further, student-led research. Nomad Press’s unique approach simultaneously grounds kids in factual knowledge while encouraging them to be curious, creative, and critical thinkers.
None of us know what the future looks like, but we can be pretty sure that science and technology will be just as important in 40 years as it is now. Doesn't it make sense to encourage those people who show an interest and talent in these fields to pursue their studies? Doesn't it make sense to have people from both genders doing reseach and contributing to the conversation? Yes! Let's get reading
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