Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science. At present, less than 30% of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Globally, female students’ enrollment is particularly low in Information & Communication Technology (3%), Natural Science, Mathematics & Statistics (5%), and in Engineering/Manufacturing/Construction (8%).
As an environmental education organization, Bucks Audubon is committed to teaching the next generation about science, the green industry, and how to make the world a greener place both in daily life and through future STEM careers!
In the fall of 2020, Bucks Audubon received a grant to hold a virtual STEAM Club for Girls from majority low-income areas. In January of 2021, we started the weekly program to engage middle school girls in a time when they have historically started dropping out of STEM fields and subjects. Each month focuses on a new aspect of STEM fields to help show them different avenues and potential future career paths while participating in engaging and hands-on science! These club meetings are led by two talented female scientists on staff here at Bucks Audubon.
As of February 2021, not only is our staff comprised of wonderful women in the science fields, but Bucks Audubon is also now home to two female interns! Having these two Environmental Science Interns with us gives us hope that more women will discover and become passionate about the science fields.
We’d love to introduce these women to you! Meet our Staff and two Interns and discover why they are passionate about the sciences!