“Defying gender stereotypes, Gary school pushes girls into science”

by STEM Scouts

(Photo: Jim Karczewski / Post-Tribune)

The Pathway to Adventure Council, based in Chicago, Illinois, has been extremely successful in implementing the STEM Scouts program since the pilot expanded just two years ago. One of the many schools the program is now offered in is the all-girls school, Frankie Woods McCullough Academy for Girls. Meredith Colias of the Post-Tribune, an arm of the Chicago Tribune covering Northwest Indiana, recently visited the school to detail the importance of STEM education—especially for young women—and the impact of the STEM Scouts program.

“In 20 minutes, D’Jharea Joyce and her group needed to build a free-standing structure with limited materials able to withstand the weight of 11/2 boxes of spaghetti.

“When their triangular-shaped structure made from spaghetti and marshmallows held — unlike others in the room, she didn’t believe it.

“‘It was just suspense and surprise,’ said Joyce, 13, as her team won the inaugural activity in STEM Scouts program, started by Boy Scouts to encourage learning math and science.”

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