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.
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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
- 9:30 a.m.It’s Time to STEM the Tide*
Produced by our underwriter DellKaren Quintos, Chief Customer Officer, Dell
Michelle Bailey, GVP/GM and Research Fellow, IDC
* This session was produced by our underwriter and not by The Atlantic’s editorial team.
- 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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