Encouraging Budding STEM2D Stars
Encouraging Budding STEM2D Stars

o spark girls’ and young women’s interest in STEM2D subjects, we need to reach them wherever they are—in urban centers, small towns, villages and rural communities. STEM2D must be accessible and available in a variety of places and settings.

There are many ways to engage, whether you want to help plan an event, share your career journey, present material in a school setting or organize a learning experience at your company.

Whether you're a student exploring STEM2D or a parent, teacher or supporter, this page has tips, tools and resources to help you.

What Is STEM2D?

It's an acronym that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design. Click through to learn more about each subject.

Science

Observing, studying and experimenting to better understand the natural world and how it works.

Technology

Putting science and other knowledge to practical use to solve problems, invent useful tools, envision new possibilities and establish meaningful connections between people and the world that surrounds them.

Engineering

Applying science and math principles to design and develop products, structures, machines, tools or systems that help improve everyday life.

Mathematics

Using a quantitative framework (numbers, quantities, shapes, abstract principles and problem-solving) to describe the world.

Manufacturing

Creating something from raw materials by hand or by machinery.

Design

Developing human-centered, experiential solutions in collaboration with patients, consumers and experts from STEM and other disciplines to address unmet needs in a feasible, viable and desirable way.

Science

Technology

Engineering

Mathematics

Manufacturing

Design

Educational Resources

STEM2D fosters inquiring minds, logical reasoning, creative thinking, problem solving and collaboration. The STEM2D philosophy relies on a student-centered, integrated approach to understanding, exploring and engaging with the world.
The series includes interactive, fun, hands-on activities for girls and young women, ages 5-18, across the globe. All activities are aligned with research-based theory and the STEM2D philosophy.

Each activity targets one or more of the STEM2D subjects. Click to find an activity, along with the resources you need to be successful.

Resources for Parents, Supporters and Volunteers

Despite living in the information age, young people today are only slightly more informed than their predecessors about their career options. They often don’t have a clear grasp of the array of career choices available to them. To help inform young people about the endless possibilities of STEM, you can:
  • Be a role model: Exposure to female role models has been shown to improve performance on tests and to invalidate stereotypes.
  • Offer personal stories: All volunteers—regardless of gender—can greatly enrich their time with young people by sharing their own experiences.
  • Relate to the young person: Young people have unique social, personal and academic needs. Approach them with sincerity and respect.
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