1. Miss K

    Hello. I came across your website whilst looking for a link to an experiment for my friend.

    I love it! I’m a Science teacher (and a girl), so I’m excited and happy when I come across websites like yours.

    I agree with everything you’ve written in this post. These things and a few extra bonuses (e.g. having “science groups” in primary school where we cooked, dismantled vacuum cleaners and similar “life science” activities) are the reasons why I’m the Science teacher I am today.

    You would be pleased to know that next school year I’ll be part of an all-female Science faculty (there’s only 3 of us though lol), and we do STEM classes in addition to Science classes.

    I made borax snowflakes with my year 7 students for Christmas (they were free to choose the shape they wanted to make), and we failed at making epsom salt crystal geodes XD Pro tip: if you use plastic shot glasses to replace the empty egg shell you don’t want to deal with, maybe still use the glue to coat the inside with crystals. They took FOREVER to dry!


    • Oh, I loved reading this comment so much!

      Your life science activities are awesome – what a great way to make science fun and meaningful. We do loads of kitchen science – I find having something yummy to eat at the end is a great incentive! And dismantling machines is always awesome (or maybe I’m just strange like that, lol.)

      I’m so excited to think about all the kids in your classrooms having such great female role-models, normalising that STEM is for both girls and boys.

      If you glance over my site, you’ll see that we’ve been slightly borax crystal obsessed lately. They’re so easy to customise for every holiday! Ha! We haven’t tried the epsom salt crystals yet (although I have a box on the shelf just waiting), so thanks for the tip! xx


  2. Hi Danya,
    I found this article very educative and rewarding. I am the convener of a conference “Raising Girls’ Ambition” in Nigeria. This year our theme is ” Equipping Girls for Involvement in STEM for Sustainable Development. The conference is in October, who knows if you get a travel grant, you could be our guest speaker at the conference. Lets keep this line open. Peju Oti


    • Hi Peju Oti – what a great conference you’re planning, I love it! And as for guest speaker – wouldn’t that be amazing!


    STEM for girls needs a counterpart !
    CRANE for boys: non-violent Conflict resolution; Relationship; Attachment; Nurturing; Empathy & Emotion
    If you agree, Please Pass This On!


    • Ooh I love this idea!

  4. Chip

    STEM for girls isn’t about changing their gender roles or ideas, it’s allowing them to think/partake in jobs and interests that are/have been traditionally male careers. We aren’ttrying to make them more masculine, so why the CRANE for boys, to try to reduce their gender roles or feminize their thinking? Really? Let boys be boys, let girls be girls, bot open the options. My 14 year old daughter can shoot a rifle and a bow, she has soldered, mig welded, sand blasted objects, cut metal and wood with power tools, and used an airbrush. She has helped repair sprinklers, perform a brake job on my truck, and has been taught the basics of electricity. She also fosters kittens, bakes and cooks, and loves interior design. I am not trying to influence or change her, just trying to expose her to as many things as possible to make her more capable and able to decide what she would like to do with more options available. Boys are allowed to perform any job they want these days, so should girls be. I love capable women, but we don’t need to try and CHANGE their thought processes, or those of boys (teach them nurturing and empathy classes, etc). At the end of the day, boys gravitate towards boy things, girls gravitate towards girl things. We should be exposing them to many things that are less gender based and opening them to different career options, but not trying to feminize boys or masculinize women. I feel theat men are attempting to be feminized too much already. Males and females are supposed to be different.
    My thoughts.

  5. Kate Scheel

    Thank you for sharing about the importance of encouraging girls in STEM. Are you familiar with KEVA Planks? They are a wonderful tool for encouraging creativity and STEM thinking. Kevaplanks.com


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