The Importance of Engaging Girls in STEM Fields
At this year's Math Mavens event, the gym was abuzz with students taking apart computers, experimenting with robotics, and solving a variety of puzzles and games. Many parents joined in the fun, helping their daughters solve challenging puzzles. This event is a great example of Linden's approach to engaging girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We know that girls who have confidence in their abilities in these fields are more likely to perform well in elective math and science courses. Improving girls’ belief in their abilities is therefore essential as they move from elementary school into middle and high school. We do this by encouraging girls to solve math puzzles, conduct experiments in our science lab, participate in math fairs, and learn basic computer programming. As a result, nearly every Linden student who proceeds to our senior school chooses more than the required number of courses in math and science, making them more than well-equipped to pursue a wide range of STEM fields at university and beyond.