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New Girl Scout Research Affirms Girls’ Interest in STEM

A new study from the Girl Scout Research Institute indicates that while girls enjoy STEM subjects, they don't necessarily consider related fields when they plan their careers.  The study, "Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math," shows that the vast majority of girls consider themselves "smart enough to have a career in STEM."  However, their career ambitions in STEM fields seems to be hampered by their lack of information about available opportunities, with 60 percent of girls who are interested in STEM indicating that they don't know as much about STEM careers as they know about other fields.  "While we know that the majority of girls prefer a hands-on approach in STEM fields, we also know that girls are motivated to make the world a better place and to help people,” says Kamla Modi, PhD, research and outreach analyst, Girl Scout Research Institute. “Girls may not understand how STEM careers help people, or how their STEM interests can further their goals of helping people."

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