Cracking the Code: The Next Generation of Women in STEM

September 29, 2017

It is old news that by the time young women enter the workforce, many are at a distinct and daunting disadvantage in mathematics, engineering and other technical fields. Realizing that the experiences girls and women have from early childhood through college will influence their trajectory for years to come, parents, educators, entrepreneurs and young innovators are now striving to lay a sounder foundation for future generations.

What drives a six year old girl’s belief that she may not be as smart as the boys, and what can be done to break that debilitating pattern? What role can games - from blocks to video and storytelling - play in instilling confidence in growing minds? Why are some computer science programs attracting and graduating far greater numbers of women than others? Why ask "why" before "how" when teaching a new skill?

In this Atlantic forum, we brought together educators, thought leaders, students and creators re-thinking from the ground up what it means to raise and become a woman in STEM.

Watch full session videos from the Forum here:

Watch the Working Group Discussion here:

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  • Friday, September 29
  • 9:00 a.m.WelcomeEmily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, AtlanticLIVE
  • 9:10 a.m.The Role of Role ModelsDr. Eric Klopfer, Professor and Director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program/The Education Arcade, MIT
    Maya Klopfer, Student, McCall Middle School
    Moderated by Alison Stewart, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic
  • 9:40 a.m.The Formative YearsAyah Bdeir, Founder and CEO, littleBits
    Andrea Beaty, Children’s Author
    Christine Cunningham, Founder and Director, Engineering is Elementary
    Suzanne Harper, Senior Director, National STEM Strategy, Girl Scouts of the USA
    Moderated by Alison Stewart, The Atlantic
  • 10:15 a.m.Rethinking It AllKatie Burke, Chief People Officer, HubSpot
    Katherine Newman, Incoming Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts
    Joan Reede, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School
    Alec Resnick, Director, Powderhouse Studios
    Moderated by Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 10:50 a.m.Closing ThoughtsEmily Akhtarzandi, AtlanticLIVE


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