Intel and Intel Foundation released an insightful report on MakeHers and the role of making in engaging girls and women in technology. The report explores why girls make, their role in the maker movement, as well as statistics on the number of girls and women engaged in making.(As well as why they are underrepresented in the field of science, technology and engineering). Research shows that girls respond better to hands on learning which is a great platform to get women involved in STEM. This report highlights the potential that the Maker Movement offers to inspire more girls and women to take up an interest in science and technology. Ultimately, this would lead to the uptake of more women in STEM careers.
Making can be an effective pathway to attract under-represented groups in computer science and engineering fields. The playful and creative nature of making provides an avenue for people to engage in scientific and engineering problems that have personal meaning for them.
The report also includesmaker profiles on women who make – MakeHers. This also includes a feature some of the work I’m doing at Foondi Workshops.
Here’s a video with highlights of the report’s findings: