Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Education

Major

Adolescent to Young Adult - Integrated Mathematics

Research Sponsor

Dr. Linda Saliga

First Reader

Dr. Lynn Pachnowski

Second Reader

Heidi Cressman

Abstract

Over the years women have made significant advances in the workforce and in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, but there are still disparities that exist and are yet to be overcome. Women are still underrepresented in many STEM fields and progress still needs to be made. There is significant research backing this up and trying to explain why these issues still exist. In June 2015, The University of Akron put on a See UA! Women in Engineering Camp that allowed high school females interested in engineering the opportunity to learn more about engineering, the different possible fields within engineering, available careers, and worked to advance the skills and interest necessary for this field. Through helping with this camp I saw first-hand some activities, topics, and methods that were effective at engaging as well as being thought-provoking for high school females in these fields. In addition, much of the research and observations from the camp show what could be done in the high school classroom in order to engage all students, in particular females, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

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