Sauradip Chaudhuri - Addressing the STEM Gender Gap by Designing and Implementing an Educational Outreach Chemistry Camp for Middle School Girls

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    Department of Chemistry, University of Rhode Island, 51 Lower     College Road, Kingston, Rhode Island 02881, United States
J. Chem. Educ., 2015, 92 (10), pp 1639–1644
  DOI: 10.1021/ed500945g



    There continues to be a persistent, widespread gender gap in   multiple STEM disciplines at all educational and professional   levels: from the self-reported interest of preschool aged   students in scientific exploration to the percentages of tenured   faculty in these disciplines, more men than women express an   interest in science, a confidence in their scientific abilities,   and ultimately decide to pursue scientific careers. Reported   herein is an intensive outreach effort focused on addressing this   gender gap: a full-time, week-long chemistry camp that was   designed and implemented for middle school girls in the state of   Rhode Island. The camp schedule included multiple hands-on   experiments, field trips, and significant interactions with   female scientists, all of which were designed to increase the   participants’ interest in and enthusiasm for science. The success   of the program in changing the participants’ attitudes toward   science was measured through administration of a precamp and   postcamp survey, and the survey results demonstrated a strong   success in changing the participants’ attitudes toward the   widespread applicability of science, their perceived level of   support for scientific study, and their interest in pursuing   STEM-related careers.

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