Michiana programs encouraging girls to get into STEM - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Michiana programs encouraging girls to get into STEM

Posted:
"I did an engineering tech prep in high school and I was the only girl out of about 16 guys," Olivia McIntee said.

She just graduated with a dual degree in math and mechanical engineering from Notre Dame and St. Mary's. She says she's starting her first engineering job this summer thanks to her family's encouragement. St. Mary's Professor Kristin Kuter, says there are still too few women in science, tech, engineering, and math.

"The stereotype that women can't do math and science is going away by and large. I mean there's still lots of work to do," Professor Kuter said.

Professor Kuter says studies show that younger girls actually outperform boys in subjects like math and science, but as those girls age, somewhere between middle school and high school, they start to under perform in those areas.

There are several Michiana programs encouraging girls to get into STEM subjects. St. Mary's College offers scholarships for studies in science and math. They also host local seventh grade girls for Hypatia Day, named after the first known female mathematician.

"They lead these 7th grade students through lab activities. They get them into the classrooms. They encourage them. They have lots of fun. They're very enthusiastic. They give them a role model and show them they can continue. They can do this," Professor Kuter said.

Purdue University's College of Technology has summer camps that introduce Michiana kids to engineering. Professor Sarah Leach is working on creating one just for girls for next summer. She says she hopes it will get more girls interested.

"You're thinking through problems, visualizing solutions. I think all those things are important and maybe if more girls realized they had those strengths they may be more interested in STEM careers," Professor Leach said.

Consult these websites to find other programs encouraging girls to work in STEM fields:
-http://www.girlscoutsnorthernindiana-michiana.org/
-http://www.campchannel.com/Indiana/South-Bend-Summer-Camps.shtml

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • South Bend Common Council Members hold walking tour in Henry Davis Jr.'s district and none speak about arrest

    South Bend Common Council Members hold walking tour in Henry Davis Jr.'s district and none speak about arrest

    Council members met with residents of the 2nd District in South BendCouncil members met with residents of the 2nd District in South Bend
    South Bend Common Council Members were knocking on doors and chatting with residents on Friday evening. It was all part of the council's ongoing walking tours through the city's neighborhoods. Friday's walk was held in District 2, which is represented by Councilman Henry Davis Jr..More >>
    South Bend Common Council Members were knocking on doors and chatting with residents on Friday evening. It was all part of the council's ongoing walking tours through the city's neighborhoods. Friday's walk was held in District 2, which is represented by Councilman Henry Davis Jr..
    More >>
  • Tricia's Playhouse owner charged in death of five-year-old boy

    Tricia's Playhouse owner charged in death of five-year-old boy

    Tricia's Playhouse in Michigan CityTricia's Playhouse in Michigan City
    Charges were filed Friday against the owner of the Michigan City day care where a five-year-old died last month.According to State of Indiana records, Tricia Calvin, owner of Tricia's Playhouse, was charged with Reckless Homicide and Involuntary Manslaughter by LaPorte County prosecutors.More >>
    Charges were filed Friday against the owner of the Michigan City day care where a five-year-old died last month.According to State of Indiana records, Tricia Calvin, owner of Tricia's Playhouse, was charged with Reckless Homicide and Involuntary Manslaughter by LaPorte County prosecutors.
    More >>
  • Attorney: Daycare hanging victim's mother says those in charge should accept responsibility for what happened

    Attorney: Daycare hanging victim's mother says those in charge should accept responsibility for what happened

    An attorney for Anita LeFlore, the mother of five-year-old Amareon Williams, says his client is satisfied the LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office has charged Tricia Calvin. Calvin is the owner of Tricia's Playhouse in Michigan City, where Amareon died on June 9, 2014. Police say Amareon choked to death when he became tangled in a jump rope hanging from a play set. "Anita LeFlore is very satisfied today that the prosecutor is going to make sure that the people running this facility, that the pe...More >>
    An attorney for Anita LeFlore, the mother of five-year-old Amareon Williams, says his client is satisfied the LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office has charged Tricia Calvin. Calvin is the owner of Tricia's Playhouse in Michigan City, where Amareon died on June 9, 2014. Police say Amareon choked to death when he became tangled in a jump rope hanging from a play set. "Anita LeFlore is very satisfied today that the prosecutor is going to make sure that the people running this facility, that the pe...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.