Exploring STEM Engagement in Girls in Rural Communities
Results from GEMS Clubs
By Kathryn A. Wheeler and Georgia Hall
Creating enriching and encouraging programs to engage girls in STEM is critical because girls and women bring unique experiences, perspectives, and ideas to scientific work. Besides benefiting the women themselves, having more women in STEM occupations will enable society to benefit from women’s expertise by maximizing innovation, creativity, and competitiveness (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2016).