The Lemelson-MIT Program is a program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that is dedicated to inspiring and encouraging great inventors through various outreach programs. They recently announced the results of the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Invention Index that were slightly surprising. Well surprising to some, but not to us here at SheHeroes.
This year the Lemelson-MIT Invention Index, which annually gauges Americans’ perceptions about invention and innovation, surveyed girls ages 16 – 25 and found that most of the young women possess the ideal traits for becoming inventors, but don’t realize it.
Of the young women surveyed here are some of the results,
Not only did the results of the survey find these young women had the skills to become successful inventors, but also the desire.
Despite possessing the skills and desire that most qualify them to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) as this survey shows, statistics show that only 10% of women end up pursuing careers in those fields.
It’s no surprise to us here at SheHeroes that girls today have what it takes to be the great innovators and inventors of tomorrow, what surprises us is that we still haven’t figured out a way to get these girls to simply go for it!
So what are you doing at your school or in your home to help inspire girls (and boys, the survey shows similar trends with young men as well) to follow a career in STEM? Here are a few ideas.