Women have been at the forefront of some of the most important advancements in science throughout history.
Women should continue to be involved in the ushering in of new discoveries in the realm of science.
For that to happen, young women must continue to be provided opportunities to enter into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — or STEM — fields.
A good step in the right direction occurred recently when Texas Lutheran University hosted STEM@TLU: A Day for Aspiring Young Women for the second year. At the event, high school students were given opportunities to glance into their future, futures that organizers think could involve STEM.
The teens’ presence and participation could be key in sparking their interests. Their presence and participation in the STEM world are vital to the future.
Only through the inclusion of people from different areas and backgrounds, different interests and experiences, different genders can we expect to achieve the highest of highs in the STEM world.
To that end, it is tantamount that young girls and young women be shown the marvels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They must be encouraged to take up the mantles as our future physicists, computer programmers, doctors, aerospace engineers and more.
Texas Lutheran University’s Physics department chair Tony Sauncy said it best.
“Most of us who participate in STEM, the science, mathematics, engineering and technology field, we realized that really, in order to get the best problem-solving teams, we need our groups, all of our groups to look like society,” she said. “So until the demographics in science fields look like the demographics in our world then we’re not done yet.”
To be the best, we need the best to do their best. And what’s best for us all is inclusion.