Known as STEM, science, technology, engineering and math are disciplines that prepare students for the skills needed throughout life regardless of profession and STEM careers are growing rapidly, highlighting the importance of preparing the next generation of innovators. Women only make up 24% of jobs in these fields.
Mother, writer, and actress Busy Phillips says as a mother of two, it is important to her that her children and children everywhere are given the support and tools they need to help close the STEM gap. Through her work with partners like Olay, she has learned that the STEM gap starts early. Studies show that boys and girls perform equally in science and math in K-12 education but around middle school girls start to lose interest and confidence in STEM studies.
Teachers across the country have had to over hall their lessons and teaching style to support remote learning. This has removed access to many tools and science labs that are critical in providing engaging STEM education. That got the team at Olay thinking of a way to support teachers while helping close the STEM gap.
February 11th it is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To celebrate Olay is delivering science kits to teachers all over the country via drones. These kits come complete with a full lesson plan about the science of skin which can be taught virtually or in person and scientific instruments which can be used for future scientific exploration.
Busy Phillips says at Olay, the company is filled with women in STEM and for nearly 70 years they’ve proven that they pack an awful lot of science into those small but powerful jars.