Opportunities for middle-grade girls who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have been few and far between. Fortunately, more and more women are coming up with ideas for girls to become involved in these areas. Writer and educator Robin Stevens Paynes is one such woman. With her new science fiction series, Edge of Yesterday, Paynes inspires girls to live their dreams.
Girls Are Interested in STEM
According to a study by the Girl Scouts, 74 percent of girls report an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The problem starts when they decide to pursue a career—only 13 percent express an interest in STEM as their top career choice. The result is some 200,000 STEM jobs going unfilled annually in the United States despite the fact that women in STEM fields earn 35 percent more than their peers.
“This is why so many organizations have launched STEM initiatives for girls, including the Girl Scouts, NASA and the New York Academy of Sciences. While encouraging interest in STEM is important, what they are missing is the need to teach a growth mindset that will enable lifelong learning, instill purpose and teach the kind of grit that powers through life’s setbacks.”
Opportunities for Girls to Get involved in STEM Activities
Paynes has launched her media company Edge of Yesterday which includes this book series, a teaching curriculum and interactive website gamification modules, all designed to teach girls how to succeed in STEM and in life.
Edge of Yesterday Book Series
From the publisher:
Meeting Leonardo da Vinci in person isn’t your average middle-schooler’s dream science fair project, but Charley Morton isn’t your typical eighth-grader. Charley is mad about science and math and, with her best bud Billy Vicenzo, she’s set on doing the impossible—finding da Vinci’s plans for a time machine and traveling back 500 years to meet her idol.