Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes held its annual JA Girls Dream Fair today at Spectrum Health. The focus of the event is to inspire 8th grade girls to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related careers.
There has been a steep decline in the number of female graduates with computer science degrees over the past three decades. National surveys find that nearly two-thirds of teenagers said they may be discouraged from pursuing STEM careers simply because they don’t know anyone in these fields or they don’t understand what people in these fields do.
The JA Girls Dream Fair will inspire several hundred eighth grade girls in the greater Grand Rapids area. In a one day format, JA will introduce these girls to women mentors who work in STEM related fields and show them the exciting possibilities for their future.