In recent years, there has been a significant increase in public awareness
about the critical importance of science, engineering, and technology
education. As today’s digital world becomes increasingly interconnected
and dependent on the advances made in science, engineering and technology, many
private high schools often offer programs that focus on these academic areas and challenge
students to apply their skills to real-world issues. While this high-quality
education is available to both boys and girls, men comprise a disproportionately
larger percentage of the workforce in these fields. You can guide your
daughter in becoming a leader of tomorrow by supporting her interest in
science, engineering, and technology.
Exploring Afterschool Opportunities
Perhaps the most effective way to support your daughter’s interests
in these academic areas is to enroll her in a college preparatory school
that offers programs that specialize in science, engineering and technology.
However, it’s also a good idea to encourage her to
explore opportunities beyond the classroom. If your daughter is in middle school, inquire about summer programs offered
by her private school. They might include courses in automation and robotics,
programming, and similar subjects. The school might also offer after school
programs or student associations for those interested in joining a Science
Olympiad team or learning iOS app development. After school programs and
student associations often offer hands-on, engaging opportunities to spark
Connecting with Mentors
Consider talking to your daughter’s teachers about mentoring programs
in your area. When girls learn about opportunities in science, technology,
and engineering from mentors with real-world experience, they may be more
likely to maintain their interest in these fields. One example of a mentoring
program is Techbridge, which helps girls throughout the San Francisco
Bay Area develop self-confidence in their skills.
Taking Advantage of Technology
Since these academic disciplines are focused on technology, it only makes
sense to utilize technology to sustain your daughter’s interest.
Download fun apps with educational value to complement your daughter’s
coursework. Explore educational websites together, such as
Engineer Your Life,
eGFI: Dream Up the Future.
At The Quarry Lane School, we believe in fostering an interest in science,
engineering and technology through hands-on, challenging, project-based
academic programs. In addition to our science, technology, engineering
and mathematics track, we offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate
(IB) track and a college preparatory track. You can visit our college
prep school’s website or call (925) 829-8000 to find out more.