Girls in STEM
The gender gap in STEM fields is wide and longstanding. To close that gap, STEMpower's "Girls in STEM" teaches girls in STEM education through role models and other cultural engagement. Girls will gain hands-on experience in a setting that leads to science fair competitions and celebrations of STEM achievement.
Identify female STEM professionals who are interested in talking to female students about their work.
Use moments in celebrations such as the national science & engineering fair and ensure women in STEM are well represented.
The girl in the picture shown, her name is Afrah Hussein, was the winner of the 2019 Ethiopian Science & Engineering Fair.
PROVIDE ROLE MODELS
Introduce STEM education at an early age.
Propose field trips to STEM centers, Science museums, and Science shared campus.
Encourage girls to engage in hands-on lab projects in Electronics, Virtual Computer, FabLab, Mechanics, Optics, etc., labs found in almost all public universities, education bureaus and science academy.
PROVIDE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
Coach girls to support all aspects of the learning process including questions and even failures.
Offer “learn by doing” approach on every STEM centers, Science Museums, and Shared Science Campus.
Empower girls to ask questions even if it seems easy.
ENCOURAGE A GROWTH MINDSET
Menor Berhanu is a coach within STEMpower’s entrepreneurship and incubation project in Ethiopia. She consults with aspiring innovators to develop their businesses. Menor has been with the STEMpower evolution since 2014, joining as a 9th grade student at our flagship STEM Center known as “Foka”, located in Bishoftu city, 45 km south of the capital city Addis Ababa. In addition to excelling in computers and electronics, she created an electronic burglar alarm that detects unusual activity in a household.