At a special STEM school girls have a winning attitude.
According to Milka Duno, professional race car driver who is a self professed engineering geek, “When you put the helmet on, it doesn’t matter if you are woman or man. Your mission is to compete to win.”
That attitude is also found in girls at the STEM School and Academy in Highlands Ranch. 15 year old Olivia Kreski and 16 year old Lecia Lamb love working with the school’s 3D printer. Also Lamb is captain of the robotics team, and spent her summer conducting aerodynamic research on the effects of air moving past solid objects to build a wind tunnel.
Along with both girls, there are many females who attend the school, and the number of female students in the Denver area interested in STEM subjects is growing.
Louise Myrland says that is a very good thing. She is vice president of community initiatives and investments at the Women’s Foundation (WF) of Colorado.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the gender-wage gap is smaller in STEM jobs than in other jobs. Women fill nearly half of all jobs in the US economy, but they hold less that 25 percent of STEM jobs. Women with STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than women in comparable non-STEM jobs.