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Engaging Children in STEAM

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Hi there! My name is Jessica. I am 28 years old and I am a wife, mother-of-two and civil engineer. 

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I am proud to be an engineer and love seeing the positive impact my work has on my community. I am passionate about spreading the love for all things engineering and “STEAM”.

Did you know that of the STEAM qualified population, women comprised of only 17% and that percentage had only grown 2% in a decade! Women in engineering are even more underrepresented with only 12.4% of the engineering population being women.

Did you know that most children that disengage with STEAM subjects, particularly girls, disengage before they finish primary school and incorporating STEAM activities into early learning can help to sustain STEAM engagement through primary school and into high school. The onus is on us as parents to spark that love for STEAM subjects in early childhood.

I’ve met many women in my career that have been nervous about having children or have put it off because they wanted to focus on their career and didn’t believe they could do both. Perhaps this is another reason why the percentage of women in STEAM occupations is so low. STEAM occupations are notoriously demanding and competitive, especially for women who seem to start at a disadvantage, perhaps young women aren’t choosing to pursue a career in STEAM because they want a better work/life balance. 

I started Mumgineer for three reasons:
  1. To inspire other women to believe that you can actually “have it all” and there is no need to choose between a career and motherhood
  2. To celebrate amazing women successfully balancing their careers in STEAM with motherhood
  3. To inspire other mothers (whether from a STEAM background or not) to encourage STEAM learning in their children of all ages

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