Amazing Girls Science seeks to ignite girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) fields of study. At the same time, the activities help girls build core life skills, such as self-confidence, self-esteem, curiosity, problem-solving and positive risk-taking.
Girls engaged in STEAM studies can become the innovative and creative thinkers needed to meet 21st Century challenges.
Did you know that:
The number of tech jobs is increasing while the amount of tech talent is decreasing?
Half the U.S population is female. Yet only 14% of computer science undergrads are female. The math doesn’t add up.
Women today represent 12% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37%.
Women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields.
By 2020, the US Department of Labor predicts that 1.4 million jobs will be created in the computing related fields, but U.S. graduates are only on pace to filling 29% of them.
At current rates, women educated in the US will fill just 3% of computing jobs. To reach gender parity by 2020, women must fill half of these positions, or 700,000 computing jobs?
A research study by AAUW (American Association of University Women) called “Why so few women in Science, Technology, Engineering & math” prompted Dr. Barnett to join the movement to empower girls in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) by seeking to ignite their interest and spark their enthusiasm while building core life skills of self-confidence, self-esteem, curiosity, problem solving and risk taking.
Dr. Barnett has become a STEAM champion and is passionate about bringing opportunities to young girls to blaze their own path in STEAM fields to get them ready to meet 21st Century challenges in the scientific and technological fields.
Saturday Academy was one of the programs featured in CBS TV program on their Martin Luther King “Fulfilling the Dream” program focusing on people in the community who give back. The Connecticut Technology Council has honored Dr. Barnett with its Community Innovation & Leadership Award.
Dr. Cynthia won the Inaugural AARP Purpose Prize for her work with igniting the SPARK in girls for STEAM (scinecetechnology,engineering and math)
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