Snap the Gap is eradicating the gender gap in STEM by providing hands-on opportunities for 10-year old girls in the United States to learn science, technology and engineering. While other initiatives have successfully raised awareness of the problem, we are solving it.

 
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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.

Source: PLoS ONE

 

Our Solution

 
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hands-on learning

The STEM Starter Packs will feature a uniquely branded littleBits Base Inventor Kit or littleBits Electronic Music Inventor Kit, encouraging girls to learn through physical play, turn their ideas into inventions, and solve problems they care about.

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mentorship

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 a year-long program 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.

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peer community

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.