The movement for Girls in STEM is strong. Many nonprofit organizations have been promoting Girls Only events, but to-date this hasn’t been the philosophy for Classroom Antics. Our mission has been to empower every child to discover their passions and purpose. Not just girls. Not just boys. But every child.
However, if you walked into any of our programs a decade ago, you could very easily see that boys were predominant in our summer camps. A few girls could be found, but young women were a staggering minority. And with such few girls, we could only expect this would perpetuate the gender imbalance in future summer camps and the STEM field.
So to help curb this, for the past decade, Classroom Antics have been making a concerted effort to increase the participation of girls in our programs through marketing and community outreach campaigns. You will find today that girls are prominently shown on literature as often as boys. We have been acutely aware to develop STEM programs that aren’t boy-centric. And these efforts have shown dramatic improvement, increasing the number of girls in our summer STEM camps by a staggering 260% since 2010.
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These are fantastic results, but it’s easy to see that we still have a LOT of room for improvement. At the current growth rate, we expect to arrive at 50% somewhere around the year 2060. I’m not sure about you, but I’d love to accelerate this.
Would you share your ideas with us? Please contact us to evaluate your ideas for the upcoming season. Our best ideas have come from the families we serve.