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Published by Laura Rajsic-Lanier
Contemporary Issues: Leading Girls to Mathematics, Science and Technology — Into the World of Today
and Tomorrow

Adult Enrichment Project
Contemporary Issues: Leading Girls to Mathematics, Science and Technology — Into the World of Today
and Tomorrow

Adult Enrichment Project

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Published by: Laura Rajsic-Lanier on Oct 28, 2011
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Contents
Introduction5WhyEncourageGirlstoPursueStudiesinMathematicsandtheSciences?5Girls,Women,Science-TheFactsShowtheNeedforChange6GettingStarted
6
Why
DoManyGirlsAvoidMathematics,Science,andTechnology?
6
OvercomingFears
8
SpecificTipsforGirlScoutLeaders
9
SuggestedTroop/GroupActivitiesforExploringMathematics,Science,andTechnology
10
Creative,FunExplorations11Science,Mathematics,andTechnology-EverywhereforEveryone
12
RoleModelsandCareerPaths14ProgramLinks15Resources17
 
Introduction
As
societyhurtlestowardthetwenty-firstcen-
tury,
onetrend'standsoutclearly:T~efab~icofourlivescontinuestobeprogressivelymter-wovenwiththesciences.Scientificadvancesaf-fecteverythingfromtheverybeginningsoflifet?explorationsintothefurthestreachesoftheum-verse.Developmentsinthesciencesreflecthu-manstrivingstocomprehendandimproveeveryaspectoflifesothateveryone
will
liveinabetterfuture.Girlstodayneedsupportandencourage-menttobecomeactiveparticipantsinthescien-tific,mathematical,andtechnologicalworkthatwillshapetheirfuture.Girlsandwomenliveinaworldthatoffersgreaterchoicesandmoreopportunities
than
everbefore.However,despitetheseexpandedop-tions,somecriticalchoicesarebeingignored~choicestoventureintocoursesofstudyandem-ploymentinmathematicsandscience.~stead,manygirlsoptforcareerpathsthata~Ol~the~esubjects.
As
aresult,theyultimatelylimitthe!Iunderstanding,enjoyment,andemployment
In
thesefieldsandrelatedtechnologies.Theymayalsofailtoachievesufficientmathematicalandscientificunderstandingtobecomefullyknowl-edgeablecitizens.Althoughweareasocietygrowingincreasinglydependentonmathematics,thesciences,.andresultanttechnologies,womenaredramaticallyunderrepresentedinthesefieldsa~everyl~veL(ThisisalsotrueforBl_acks~Hi~~a.rucs,Arne~lcanIndians,andpeople
with
disabilities.)~spiteofgreat
strides
inbreakingdown~ebarriersofthepast,theevidenceshowsthatgirls<:tfenO.tenter-ingthefieldsofmathematicsandSCIence
in
num-berscomparabletoboys.ThisscenarioisfurthercomplicatedbygrowingconcernthattheUnitedStatesasawholeseri-ouslylagsbehindothercount_riesaro~dtheworldinthestudyofmathematicsandSCIence.
Why
Encourage
GirlstoPursueStudiesinMathematicsandtheSciences?
It
hasbeensaidthattowonderistobegintounderstand.GirlScoutingcanhelpgirlsseethatscienceandmathematicsarewonderful.
It
iscriticaltohelpgirlsviewscience-andmath-relatedcareerchoicesasvalidanddesirable.Notonlydoeslackofinvolvementdenythemtherighttoshapetheirfuture,itcarrieseconomic.~ons~-quencesaswell.Empla~entopporturut~es
ill
positionsinnewtechnologicalfields'7r.ep:oJectedtogrowatfasterratesthanopporturunes
in
manycurrentfields.Researchshowsthatseriousdefi-cienciesinmathematicsandsciencecanhaveconsiderableimpactonone'searningpowerandupwardmobilityonthecareerladder.Inshort,opportunitiestoprogressalongacare:rpathcanbeseriouslylimitedwithoutsufficientback-groundinmathematicsandscience.Manycharacterizepresent~~ntieth-ce!lturyl~eastheinformationage.Adrivingforce
III
todayssocietyisthecreation,production,and.dis~ribu-tionofinformation.And,itistheapplicationofdiscoveriesinmathematicsandsciencethatmakesinformationtechnologiespossible.AlthoughnoneofthefollowingexamplesaPl?earparticularlyunusualtoday,pastgener~tJ.onswouldhavebeenutterlyamazedbytheinfer-mationtechnologythatmakesitpossibleto:Completebankingtransactionswithplasticcardsanddisplayterminals.Seeliveeventsfrom
all
aroundtheworld.Havesupermarketcashregistersautom~ticallyscanthedescriptionsandpricesofgroceries.Recordandinstantlyplaybackavideoofafamilypartyorevent.TakepicturesofthesurfacesofMars,Jupiter,andotherplanets.
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