Despite being told that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up, girls continue to be underrepresented when it comes to courses of study and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). At last month's Askwith Forum, A Space of Their Own? Girls, Women, and STEM, panelists — including both educators and women working in STEM — pondered this problem and explored potential routes to a solution.
In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, one of the panelists, NASA astronaut and Harvard grad Stephanie Wilson, speaks with 9-year-old Grace Laplante about the importance of female role models in STEM careers, her adventures in space, and the truth about astronaut ice cream.
The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.