Seeing is believing when it comes to shaping the lives of the younger generation.
There’s good research showing that generally, when most of us think of scientists, we envision, older, male STEAM professionals. Conversely, a significant portion of the population is unable to create a link between Art & Design, or other creative fields with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
In a bid to impart the right perceptions about society, it’s important that during their developmental years, girls are able to check out various media and engage in STEAM-related fields. Through such experiences, you’ll be able to shape them to be great thinkers.
The very act of seeing fellow females engaging in science and being media personalities can leave a large imprint in the minds of young people. Once they are free from the mental model of older, white males calling the shots in STEAM fields, it becomes easier for them to make the transition as successful professionals in science/math/engineering/arts and technology fields.
Thankfully, a considerable fraction of nonprofits is actively encouraging girls to take up an interest in science fields. By including practical DIY initiatives and suggestions on how they can take up a central role in society, most of these ventures are embedding the right kind of thinking that is sure to help women get a footing in STEAM fields.
As pragmatists, we at AstroReality believe that it may take some time before the whole girls in science concept become universally recognized. That said, we’re fully committed to educating the masses on the essence of integration. Our breakdown of the top TED Talks by and for STEAM women is sure to resonate well with many.
Actively involved in the study of supermassive, hyperactive black holes, Dr. Jedidah Isler struts like a colossus in the field as she discusses her first love, the night sky.
The award-winning astrophysicist enthralls the audience members and steam students as she shares her passion for studying exotic celestial objects. During her analysis, she shares a couple of quick pointers on the various ways to identify some of these heavenly bodies.
Tongue in cheek, Dr. Hannah Fry, a mathematician and senior lecturer at UCL’s Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis, gets to engage the audience about how mathematics plays a crucial role when it comes to finding a suitable companion.
One of the key pointers in her analysis is aptly named the 37% rule. Categorically, she stresses that before landing the perfect partner, you’re supposed to turn down the advances of the first third of any given number of potential suitors.
Given the fact that we live in the internet age, she believes that the concept applies in both real life and dating platforms like Tinder.
Interestingly, she’s written a book by the same title. In media interviews, Dr. Hannah Fry has been outspoken about her admiration of the Navier-Stokes equations. Having based her Ph.D. on the equations, she marvels in the wonder of how fluids move with such grace and elegance.
To inspire young girls to pursue mathematics, she mentioned that there’s currently a million dollar prize offered by the Clay Mathematics Institute for anyone looking to prove that solutions always exist.
This seems like a great challenge for STEAM students to pursue and hopefully solve in the years to come.
As an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, Dr. Cynthia Breazeal passionately engages with audience members about the possibility of developing personal robots around the home.
As an advocate for STEAM research that involves the design of socially intelligent robots capable of interacting with humans on a personal level, she mentions that her interest in the subject was peaked shortly after she checked out the “Star Wars” movie as a child.
During the TED Talk, she also shares about her role in developing Kismet, the world’s pioneering social robot. Fascinatingly, she quips that it’s laughable that we have the technology to send unmanned space crafts to outer space but haven’t focused on building intelligent robots that have a place in our homes.
Other than being an educator on molecular biology at Princeton University, Bonnie Bassler also doubles up as Medical Institute Investigator.
She shares that most of her work involves the study into the various molecular mechanisms bacteria use to communicate with one another.
Through their interactions, she shares that they are able to coordinate defenses and launch attacks. Enthusiastically, she shares that the discovery could have far-reaching implications in various fields like medicine plus also play a pivotal role in helping us comprehend the nature of our existence.
This Associate Professor, Fei-Fei Li, in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University has a unique take on life.
Her role as the Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Stanford Vision Lab has allowed her to develop an interest in subjects like computer vision, machine learning, and cognitive and computational neuroscience.
During her TED talk, she shares about the incredible strides she’s been able to make together with her team members. She references the large database of more than 15 million photos which they have been using to help computers understand imagery. As a rejoinder, she mentioned that the best was yet to come and that they would certainly be making deeper forays into the field.
Encouraging young girls in science to pursue STEAM-related fields doesn’t necessarily mean that we are excluding boys from the equation. Not at all.
With the rapid change in technology today, STEAM students are fast heading towards a brand new world where space travel, self-driving cars, and artificial intelligence are at the center of the conversation. As such, it’s important for them to learn about STEAM research and acquire a myriad of skills which will guarantee their success in the future.
We’re only focusing on women to ensure that they remain competitive and they are better represented in the days to come. Given the fact that only 20% of STEAM jobs are held by women, it makes absolute sense why we would be concerned about the plight of girls in science.
Across the board, only a tiny fraction of kids go on to be actively engaged as STEAM students. Research shows that by the time many of them get to high school, only 11 percent of girls and 36 percent of girls show an interest in STEM research. We’re hopeful that our breakdown of the top TED Talks by, and for STEAM women will certainly help drive up the numbers. If you’re wondering how you can help your child take up an interest in the sciences, then make sure you check out our STEAM education initiative.
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