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Title:
Count girls in : empowering girls to combine any interests with STEM to open up a world of opportunity / Karen Panetta and Katianne Williams.
ISBN:
9781613739396
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2018]
Physical Description:
viii, 264 pages ; 23 cm
Abstract:
"There is a place for all girls and young women--not just the science fair winners and robotics club members--in STEM classes and careers. To succeed in science and tech fields today, girls don't have to change who they are. A girl who combines her natural talents, interests, and dreams with STEM skills has a greater shot at a career she loves and a salary she deserves. The authors present compelling research in a conversational, accessible style and provide specific advice and takeaways for each stage of schooling from elementary school through college, followed by comprehensive STEM resources. This isn't a book about raising competitive, test-acing girls in lab coats; this is about raising happy, confident girls who realize the world of opportunities before them"-- Provided by publisher.

"Count Girls In encourages parents and other role models to raise authentic young women who have the confidence to put STEM education to work in a way that best serves them and their passions"-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

Maybe you have a daughter who loves cooking, soccer, and musicals. Maybe she's a social butterfly, an athlete, a fashionista, and a humanitarian who wants to change the world. Be honest--do you think, Well, she's clearly not a math and science kid? Do you assume that certain classes and careers won't appeal to her? Count Girls In challenges these assumptions and presents a totally different way of thinking: there is a place for all girls and young women--not just the science fair winners and robotics club members--in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, if we can keep their (and our) minds and options open and meet them where they are. To succeed in STEM fields today, girls don't have to change who they are. A girl who combines her natural talents, interests, and dreams with STEM skills has a greater shot than ever before at a career she loves and a salary she deserves. Count Girls In encourages parents and other adults to raise authentic young women who have the confidence to put STEM to work in a way that best serves them and their passions. The authors, both STEM professionals, present compelling research in a conversational, accessible style and provide specific advice and takeaways for each stage of schooling, from elementary school through college, followed by comprehensive STEM resources. This isn't a book about raising competitive, test-acing girls in lab coats; this is about raising happy, confident girls who realize the world of opportunities before them.


Author Notes

Karen Panetta, Phd, is the dean for graduate education and a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Tufts University, and founder of the international nonprofit Nerd Girls (www.nerdgirls.com). Dr. Panetta has been featured in national publications and newspapers such as Women's Day, Elle Girl, the Boston Globe, and the New York Times.
Katianne Williams has an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University and a computer engineering degree from Tufts University. She is an award-winning contributor to IEEE's Women in Engineering Magazine and writes for NerdGirls.com.


Table of Contents

Authors' Notep. vii
Part I What We Want for Our Girlsp. 1
1 Maintain the Awesomenessp. 3
2 Whose Brain Is Really Better?p. 10
3 Meet Them Where They Arep. 16
Part II Build a Strong Foundationp. 25
4 The Power of Following Her Interestsp. 27
5 It's Better to Create than to Consumep. 48
6 Adults, Check Your Attitudep. 58
7 The Power of Role Modelsp. 74
Part III Help Her Down the Pathwayp. 83
8 Grade School: The World of Possibilitiesp. 85
9 Middle School: Don't Give Up!p. 128
10 High School: Keeping the Door to STEM Openp. 157
11 College: Getting Strategicp. 187
Acknowledgmentsp. 204
STEM Job Descriptionsp. 206
Organizations, Websites, and Other Resourcesp. 229
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 258