What is The SMART Girls Club?
The SMART Girls Club is a STEM or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics focused club. The club includes a curriculum that is hands-on and engaging activities for girls in the 4th to the 12th grade. The goal of SMART Girls Club is to provide a safe space for girls to explore their interests in STEM, identify their strengths, and empower each girl that participates in the club to pursue their passions in STEM.
STEM careers are the highest growing fields and have the most potential for increased income, workforce projections show that nine of the 10 fastest-growing occupations that require at least a bachelor’s degree will require significant scientific or mathematical training. STEM academics and workforce has traditionally been a male-dominated area. In 2018, the US Department of Labor identified that women in STEM-related occupations only account for 26% of the workforce. Within that 26% of women only make up 16% of engineers, 25% of computer and technology, 48% in mathematics, and 45% in physical sciences. Compared to 23% in 2010, women working in all STEM fields have only increased by 3%, and only 23% percent since 1970.
We continue to work towards changing that through SMART Girls Club!
“Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” - Mae Jemison