After watching this Verizon commercial, we’re in awe. The phone company teamed up with Makers, a digital platform that shares women’s stories, to convey an important message: We need to encourage both boys and girls to pursue their passions. Whether they’re interested in science, English, or art, seemingly innocent comments can deter their dreams more than you think.
In the video, which we first saw on HuffPost Parents, viewers follow the journey of a young girl from her first steps as a toddler to the high school hallway. As an adolescent, she’s drawn to playing in puddles and helping her brother build a rocket. But because of remarks like, “Don’t get your dress dirty” or “Be careful with that,” she switches interests.
The commercial ends with startling stats from the National Science Foundation: 66 percent of 4th grade girls say they like science and math, but only 18 percent of all college engineering majors are female. That means somewhere along the way, girls are losing interest in these subjects. This is why it’s important to support teens’ goals in STEM, regardless of their gender.
Teens are capable of creating amazing science projects, if we give them the resources and support they need. Just look at Harry Paul, who was featured on our blog earlier in the week. At age 17, Harry created an expanding implant that helps his spine grow straight to combat his lifelong struggle with Scoliosis. Harry joined thousands of teens at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and took home a top prize for his project!
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