The FINANCIAL -- SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Girls and women involved with "making," designing and creating things with electronic tools, may build stronger interest and skills in computer science and engineering – which could potentially reduce the growing gender gap in these fields, according to Intel Corporation.
With 16 million makers in the United States alone, the maker movement – a wave of tech-inspired, do-it-yourself innovation – is extensive and rapidly expanding. Unfortunately, so is the gender gap in computer science and engineering graduates. Intel's report, "MakeHers: Engaging Girls and Women in Technology through Making, Creating and Inventing," explores how maker activities can serve as a gateway to computer science and engineering for girls and women, and it identifies ways to better engage girls and women in making in order to increase female representation in these fields.
"Intel believes that making brings ideas to life and spurs innovation, and we want to ensure that girls and women take part in this movement," said Aysegul Ildeniz, vice president of the New Devices Group and general manager of Strategy and Business Development at Intel. "This report provides key insights on how to better engage girls and women in computer science and engineering and help them access opportunities to invent and create the future," Ildeniz added.
The "MakeHers" report, created in consultation with experts including the Girl Scouts* and the Maker Education Initiative*, reflects Intel's commitment to increase access to and interest in computer science and engineering, especially among girls, women and underrepresented minorities.
"With its groundbreaking new report, Intel is demonstrating how the maker movement has helped turn a generation of tech-savvy girls – nearly all of whom grew up in the digital age – into the leaders and entrepreneurs of the economy of tomorrow," said Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA.