Much of the interest that students have in STEM is due to pop culture. What they see around them every day inevitably affects their interests and impacts their educational and career choices. Movies and television have made science “cool” to students by means of characters like eccentric inventor Tony Stark (aka Iron Man from the Marvel franchise), or science fiction shows like Doctor Who. Modern culture has especially encouraged girls to get involved, changing the status quo of past decades. In this post, we’ll discuss the impact that STEM and pop culture have on one another.
The gender gap is a frequently discussed problem in the STEM field, as typically there are fewer women pursuing STEM education than men. Because of this, there have been a variety of solutions proposed to further engage young girls in STEM, and in this post, we will look at three lessons you can apply to your classroom to do this.