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Chicago-Area Schools Look to Shrink the Gender Gap in STEM Classes

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Two Chicago-area high school students working on their computers.

Eeducators and students in the Chicago area are confronting what they say is a gender gap in enrollment in classes on science, technology, engineering, and math.

Credit: Steve Sadin/Pioneer Press

Chicago-area educators are striving to close the gender gap among students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classes.

Among the strategies they are implementing are extracurricular activities such as the Girls' Coding Club at Deerfield High School, and a Society of Women Engineers Club established at Glenbrook South High School.

Mundelein High School's Stacey Gorman says hiring female teachers to teach STEM-related subjects hopefully will help to close the gap.

Some students have taken their own initiative by organizing GirlCon, a one-day conference at Northwestern University that paired middle and high school girls with professionals in a broad range of fields to show them how technology plays a vital role in many careers.

From Chicago Tribune
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