I have a niece living in Australia pursuing a Masters degree in Marine biology. I am very proud of her. The entire family has learned about marine biology, but it has been a fun ride. She has wanted to be a marine biologist since she was 2 years old. She fell in love with Willie the whale and that was all she could think about was working with whales. My sister was also very good at helping her dream the dream. My sister has worked very hard to help her see her potential. She let her know that to work with whales, she would need to be a marine biologist. They learned all they could about whales and marine life. Many vacations were to whale watch, the ocean and places where they could watch marine life. They played science games, entered science fairs and made elaborate science projects in school. It was all fun. In high school, she took science and math classes that would get her into college.
When it came time to go to college, they researched schools and she ended up at Stetson University where she met many more people that helped her dream the dream as well as helping her broaden her horizons. She learned how to scuba dive. She spent a summer in Bonaire learning about the barrier reef. A summer in Africa learning about sharks. In 2016 she graduated with a degree in Marine Biology.
She started school at University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia in March of 2017. She is doing great and living the life. A life given to her because of science. She also has several girl friends who also have or are working on science degrees. One is working on her masters in nutrition, others ins Psychology, Veterinary Medicine, and Medicine.
My purpose for telling you this, is to let girls know they can be anything they want to be. Even in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Parents, grandparents, teachers, friends can help to cultivate the dream. Do things that cultivate the excitement and thirst for knowledge. Let them know they can do it. Go to science museums, attend science fairs, look for meet ups where kids can build robots and use the things they learn. There are a lot of things to do. Just have fun and keep on learning.
Suggestions of degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Science – Clinical Laboratory Technician, Veterinarians and Veterinary Assistants, Environmental Scientists, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technician, Aviation science, Fire science, Nurse, Doctor, Phlebotomist, Microbiology, Psychologist, Epidemiologist, Biochemist, Forensic Science, Anthropologist, Archeologist, Geographer, Botanist, Microbiologist, Neuro-scientist, Herpetologist, Zoologist, Nutritionist, Biochemist, Ecologist, Naturalist, Oceanographer, Paleontologist, Archaeologist, Pathologist, Geographer, Physicist, Chemist, Geographer, Geologist, Petroleum Geologist. Radiology, Speech Language Pathologist, Marine Biologist, Researcher, Astronaut, Astronomer.
Technology – Computer Programmer, Computer Repair, Database Administrator, Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Computer Security Engineer, Software Design, Software Analyst, Software Quality Analyst, System Administrator, Web developer.
Engineering – Aerospace Engineer, Agricultural Engineer, Architectural Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Computer Engineer, Construction Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Geo-technical Engineer, Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Marine Engineer, Materials Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Metallurgical Engineer, Mining Engineer, Network Engineer, Nuclear Engineer, Packaging Engineer, Petroleum Engineer, Process Engineer, Project Engineer, Quality Engineer, Sales Engineer, Safety Engineer, Software Engineer, Solar Engineer, Systems Engineer, Structural Engineer. Astronaut.
Mathematics– mathematician Statistical Analyst, Bio-statistician, Assistant Professor (Mathematics), Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Astronaut,Architect, Statistician, Researcher.
Places to find activities:
https://azscience.org, http://www.thebakken.org/science-studio, www.blossomscholastic.org/robotics, https://www.scientificsonline.com, https://www.sylvanlearning.com, http://engineeringforkids.com, https://www.eventbrite.com, http://www.nationalmathfestival.org, http://www.msri.org/web/cms, http://www.madscience.org/special-events.aspx, https://mitmuseum.mit.edu, https://www.childrens-museum.org, http://ashevillescience.org/education/kids/, http://www.sparksfoundation.org/, http://education.jlab.org, http://www.walkingmountains.org/, http://www.citizensciencecenter.com, http://www.fun4thebrain.com/science.html, http://seaaffinity.org/programs/homeschool.html, http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fun-with-science-games-16336594/.
Look up on google for many other ideas and online games.