Steering girls toward STEM: Statistics and solutions

One way to encourage girls\' interest in math and science is through afterschool activities and camps. Here, Maxine Sculthorpe works on a painting in "Messy Science," one of the Emerald Coast Science Center\'s summer science campsin Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Students were learning about primary colors and gasses by filling film canisters with colored water and Alka-Seltzer tablets and letting them explode on art paper. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Devon Ravine)

WASHINGTON – Sara Igielski fell in love with science when she took her first chemistry class in the 10th grade.

“From right then I just thought,

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