The industries surrounding Math and Science have long had a disproportionate gender ratio. Computer Science is one of the worst, with only about a 12% of engineers identifying as female. There has been much study on this subject, and some of proposed solutions are to create an environment where girls feel comfortable geeking out without any societal pressures or sometimes hostile work environments that exist when co-ed. The American Museum of Natural History has just launched a new program that is setup along these lines called BridgeUp: STEM, and it’s only for girls.
AMNH’s newest education program, BridgeUp: STEM is focused on the intersection of computer science and science. This portfolio of programs will include an intensive Brown Scholars program for high school girls; an exploratory program for middle-school youth in under-resourced schools; a post-baccalaureate teaching/research fellowship for women; a professional development component for teachers; and public programming, including an annual hackathon, to promote the use of computer science in the observation, research, and communication of science.