Organizers of robotics events are noticing a welcome trend, as girls are taking the lead on robotics teams.
In Michigan, STEM education has been boosted with funding and efforts to get girls to enter the field. Robotics is one area where Michigan has excelled. Growth in female participation in all girl and Co ed teams has been increasing across the board.
“I’m seeing an uptick,” said Gail Alpert, president of the state’s robotics association. “They’re taking on critical roles. They’re drivers. They’re coaches. They’re mentors.”
Earlier this year, the Michigan Science Center launched the STEMinista Project. The intent is to encourage more interest among girls in STEM fields.
“Research tells us that middle school can be a make or break time in building interest in STEM and STEM careers,” said Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the center.