Girls Get I.T. scouts, recruits and encourages talented girls to focus on science, technology and math in school, college and as a career.
Nearly 75% of future jobs in the United States will require the use of technology. Fewer than 33% of students in computer courses are female, and women comprise only 20% of IT professionals and 13% of engineers. We all pay the price when half our population can’t compete on a global scale, so encouraging our girls to enter in these important fields is crucial.
The Florida Distance Learning Consortium and Cisco Systems, Inc. forged a partnership with Florida’s college and university system to develop a network of statewide and community partners, including policy makers, industry leaders, middle and high school teachers and their students.
Girls Get IT scours the state, recruiting talented young girls who show an aptitude for math and science, encouraging them to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career paths in school, college, and as a career.
Girls Get IT kindles and sharpens the recruits’ interest and aptitude in STEM through learning and mentoring. These girls participate in “girlified” activities using high-tech equipment and lesson plans that build from their existing non-academic interests. A typical GGIT recruit might participate in a “Surfing Science Camp”; star gaze through a hot-pink telescope; or develop a line of make-up, complete with a business plan.
Our facilitators are math and science teachers. These teachers guide and mentor our girls to help them avoid the pitfalls that often cause girls to give up on technology careers.
The results have been remarkable:
89% of GGIT girls reported that their parents and friends support their interest in science more than they did before.
After one week, 1.3 reported an increase in their belief that they could “make it into a good college”
After two weeks, 50% show an increase in their attitudes towards getting a job in science or technology.
Without access to Girls Get IT, statistics state:
80% would not go on to a career in science or math
Only 10% would major in a technology field