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Young Girls Excel in STEM

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Rob Spiegel
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Young girls go tech
Rob Spiegel   10/30/2013 11:20:41 AM
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Nice story, Cabe. In an country with stubbornly high unemployment, with too many jobs that don't offer sufficient wages to support workers (fast food jobs pay less than $9.00 per hour), I would think there would be a rush to STEM jobs.

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STEM good, but how many jobs?
naperlou   10/30/2013 11:56:37 AM
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Cabe, it is good to see people getting involved in STEM at earlier levels of school.  Our schooll district has a very active program.  That makes sense, since a lot of people around here have STEM jobs and backgrounds. 

On the other hand, the comments about the number of people needed in STEM jobs is not really clear.  If you ask industry they will say stupid things.  For example, Steve Jobs famously said he needs 30,000 engineers over the next years.  I worked in the space program, which is not known for its efficiency.  We designed and built multiple spacecraft at a time with a group of 2,500 people.  We had subcontractors, but some of our people were working on subcontracts as well.  Each of these systems were orders of magnitude more complex than anything Apple has ever done.  It is hard to get a real number out of industry these days.

While there will certianly be good STEM jobs, I have seen research recently showing that these are plenty of people in the US to fill them.  We should keep improving our educational system in this area, but the fear of massive shortages should not be the driver.

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Kids in Tech
taimoortariq   10/31/2013 1:13:59 AM
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Thats a great article Cabe, It really feels nice to see young kids participating so passionately in the tech world. They way these kids are contributing in these fields in such a young age is truly worth the appreciation.

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a.saji   10/31/2013 4:58:25 AM
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@taimoor: Yes now a days kids are more familiar with technology rather than toys. Most of the time toys too resemble technology. It's a good sign since technology will be everything in the future.  

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Elizabeth M   10/31/2013 5:07:26 AM
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Thanks for this article, Cabe. It's great to see more of a focus on women in these type of jobs, and efforts being made to put them there. It would be good to see both the pay and the number of women in these jobs equal to men some day. Efforts like this will certainly help!

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Pubudu   10/31/2013 5:45:48 AM
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Yes taimoor, they will move with the tech than us, they will take the challenge with the technology. And also it's nice to see girls are coming to front. 

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Rob Spiegel   10/31/2013 5:51:10 AM
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Elizabeth, I agree with you, especially as a father of two daughters. I see enormous opportunities in STEM careers for both men and women. I'm still surprised there isn't a huge rush toward STEM careers.

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ChuckMahoney   10/31/2013 9:40:33 AM
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I also have two daughters - one working in digital media, the other studying architeecture, but I have noticed over the last few years that boys are being ignored by the school system. I see it plainly with how my son and his friends. The pendulumm has swung the other way and with all of the focus on girls, boys are left behind to fend for themselves. How about STEM for ALL STUDENTS? It seems like it is assumed that boys in general are inherently interested in technology so the schools don't have to worry about them. I predict that we are losing a lot of boys...

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jhankwitz   10/31/2013 10:04:39 AM
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It's been interesting watching the education pendulum swing over the past 60 years.  My high school Freshmen all took General Science and Algebra, Sophomores took Biology and Plain Geometry, Juniors all took Chemistry and Solid Geometry, and Seniors took Physics and Calculus.  That all changed for some reason, but now they're trying to bring it back in a limited way with specialized STEM schools or programs.

I'm fortunate to be involved with judging our regional Science, Rube Goldberg, and Future Cities competitions.  No public schools get involved in our Future Cities competition. The private schools all participate, usually have STEM programs, and are overwhelming represented by young females.  It appears that women are destined to lead our technological future.

-John

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Rob Spiegel   10/31/2013 10:23:34 AM
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Chuck, this may be a regional trend. I haven't see girls favored over boys in any way here in New Mexico -- for STEM or anyting else.

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