University of Illinois students are introducing STEM to young girls around Illinois.
MakerGirl, a UIUC startup, is working to fill the gender gap in STEM careers across the country. The startup holds sessions for girls ages 7-10 where they design and print objects with 3D printers. A report from the campus coalition I-STEM gives a rundown of the history of MakerGirl and how the sessions work.
MakerGirl comes at a time when the gender gap in STEM careers is especially present. A summary from the U.S. Department of Commerce says that while women take of approximately half of the work face in the U.S., only 25 percent of STEM jobs are held by women. It also says that women hold a disproportionately low percentage of STEM degrees, specifically in engineering.
With UIUC having some of the best STEM programs in the country, OTSO talked to students to get their take on the gender gap in STEM.
Check out the video here.