Girls’ Schools Leading to STEM Careers

Ask a student at an all-girls’ school what she wants to be when she grows up and you just might hear engineer, astronaut or coder.

Although women and girls continue to be underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers and majors, graduates of all-girls’ schools are changing that statistic. A recent study conducted by the National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS) revealed that girls’ school graduates are six times more likely to pursue majors in math, science and technology compared to girls at co-ed schools and three times more likely than their co-ed peers to pursue an engineering career.

At St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Va., girls begin to foster an interest in STEM at age four.  Early concepts of engineering and coding are introduced to the youngest students and continue to evolve as girls move through the grades to advanced courses in Upper School.

Want to try a STEM workshop with your little girl on Feb. 11?

St. Catherine’s School, a premier girls’ school in the nation, is hosting a free and open to the public Girls Innovate Junior workshop. Modeled after the School’s JK – grade 12 STEM program, this special event is intentionally designed for girls ages 4 and 5 who are not currently enrolled in the School. Each girl and their accompanying parent will participate in a variety of hands-on STEM activities, such as play-dough with LED lights, magnet ice skating, Cubelets robot construction, Lightbots and more! In addition, you’ll get to watch demos by St. Catherine’s students and meet Lower School teachers. Registration is required and space is limited.

St. Catherine's Girls Innovate Workshop