Snap the Gap™ is a non-profit initiative to close the gender gap in STEM by providing hands-on opportunities for 10-12 year old girls in the United States to learn science, technology and engineering. While other not for profit initiatives have successfully raised awareness of the problem, we are addressing it head on.
The Gender Gap
Data shows that the gender gap in STEM appears around the fourth grade. Providing mentorship and hands-on learning to girls before they get discouraged is the most effective way to keep them involved with STEM. Intervening at the right time with the right tools will result in more women having careers in STEM.
Our program is donation-based and includes three key components to impact the gender gap:
Girls who have had mentors are 2.5 times more likely to be confident in their ability to succeed in school and careers. That’s why the Snap the Gap program includes 10-20 hours with a STEM mentor via California Million Women Mentors, a program that supports the engagement of millions of STEM mentors. Through sustained mentorship, girls will be exposed to role models in the STEM field who they can relate to.
Each STEM Starter Pack will include a one-year subscription to JAM.com, the largest paid subscription STEM course platform for kids. This is a safe space for creative girls to meet like-minded peers, invent, and share their work. JAM.com invites girls into a community where they can feel like they belong.
Behind The Vision
Ayah Bdeir | littlebits
Founder and CEO at littleBits, Ayah Bdeir is an engineer and interactive artist. An alumna of the MIT Media Lab, Ayah’s TED talk: “Building Blocks that Blink, Beep and Teach” about littleBits has garnered more than one million views.
Ayah has lectured and advised extensively on how to get more girls into STEM, including at the White House "Breaking down gender stereotypes" panel, at Forbes Under 30 “Closing the Tech Gap” and at Women in the World with Tina Brown.
She has earned countless awards for her work, including acquisition into the MoMA permanent collection, recognition in Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Business Insider’s 26 Most Powerful Women Engineers, Inc. Magazine’s 35 Under 35, Popular Mechanics’ 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream, Entrepreneur’s 10 Leaders to Watch, and more.
Disney is funding the first year pilot of the Snap The Gap program, a value of $4M. In this video, we hear from Lucas Film’s Kathleen Kennedy on the inspiration behind the program.