Center for STEM Education for Girls
The Harpeth Hall School is transforming STEM educational opportunities for girls through its Center for STEM Education for Girls. We aim to increase girls' participation in science, technology, engineering, and math studies K-20 and to encourage them to aspire to STEM careers. We were highlighted by Edudemic as having one of the "7 Powerful STEM Resources for Girls." Author Katie Lepi adds, "The statistics surrounding STEM education and jobs in the US are rather staggering to me. The latest that I’ve read indicate that US students are still trailing WAY behind other nations in Science and Math education (US ranks 47th in Math and Science education quality, and 78% of high school graduates don’t meet the standard levels for at least one entry level STEM class). To top it off, there’s a pretty strong gender divide in the STEM subjects: Many fewer girls are interested in even studying these subjects, and they don’t feel at all confident about their skills. However, Harpeth Hall's Center for STEM Education for Girls is turning tide in this area."
Explore our Center's website to find the following:
- STEM Think Tank and Conference – the nation's sole conference focused on females with input from university educators and corporate members that has grown out of the K12 schools
- STEM Consortium – information on our leadership
- STEM Summer Institute – a model program for STEM integration for girls
- STEM Resources – a variety of types including student competitions, recommended journals for teachers, STEM websites with evaluations, and research to practice highlights
Funding for our Center for STEM Education for Girls comes from an Edward E. Ford Foundation Leadership Grant. Harpeth Hall is grateful to the Edward E. Ford Foundation and to the generous donors to date who have provided essential match funding. Major match donors include: Lenovo, The Melkus Family Foundation, and Nissan North America, Inc. Other generous match donors include: Anonymous (2), The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Dell, Inc, Diane and James Mulloy, The Memorial Foundation, Regions Bank, and Virtucom.