Family Support

How can parents and families support girls’ GEMS experience and ongoing curiosity about STEM? 

Families play an important role in the formation of girls’ STEM interest, identity, and involvement. Families that show interest in STEM and proactively support the engagement of their daughters with STEM are more likely to have daughters who like science and who think of themselves as people who can do science. 

What Parents and Guardians Can Do To Encourage Girls in STEM — suggestions from Laura Reasoner Jones, GEMS Founder

The links below offer general suggestions about how you can support your daughter’s STEM interests now that she’s been involved in GEMS. Links in the other sections of the GEMS Parent Toolkit offer:

  • activities you can do at home together 
  • suggestions on how to find STEM activities and programs in your community 
  • places to find STEM role models 
  • links for exploring STEM careers.

What Parents and Guardians Can Do to Encourage Girls in STEM 

Tips for Parents About How to Encourage Girls in STEM

One easy way to support your daughter’s GEMS experience is to ask her questions about what she is doing in GEMS and what she is learning. GEMS has reflection cards that can help facilitate this valuable process.

As important, ask your girl to give you a demonstration of what she’s been doing and explain how it works. 

If she has a take-home activity or you want to try one of the suggested activities in this Parent Toolkit:

  • See if she can do it on her own and then share the results. 
  • If she needs help, work with her in a way that allows her to take ownership and do as much of it on her own as she can while you provide coaching and encouragement from the side. 
  • Invite questions and praise efforts to try new things. 
  • Let her make mistakes and take risks and even experience failure. It’s all part of the STEM process!  
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