View Full Version : All NYC All Girls School Marymount Designs Way to Close Gender Gap in Math and Science

05-22-2012, 08:54 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120521/carnegie-hill/all-girls-school-designs-way-close-gender-gap-math-science) by Della Hasselle:

Students and instructors at the Upper East Side's all-girls Marymount School are trying to close the gender gap in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through a new high-tech educational program.

High School seniors at the Catholic middle and high school are getting a boost in the pursuit of traditionally-male dominated science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] careers, thanks to the "Fab Lab," a fabrication laboratory which allows students to make their theoretical products come closer to reality.

Marymount's Fab Lab, housed in a campus building at 116 E. 97th St., and was developed at MIT by Professor Neil Gershenfeld, allows students to create products from their own designs with a system of high-tech software and machines.

The lab kicked off in fall 2011, on the heels of a report by the Economics and Statistics Administration of the United States Department of Commerce showing that women are "woefully underrepresented" in STEM careers, with a whopping 76 percent of the jobs held by men.

"Our commitment to STEM education helps address the alarming data regarding the underrepresentation of women in professional STEM fields," said Marymount headmistress Concepcion R. Alvar.

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