Rebecca Baron

Conquering the Gender Gap in S.T.E.M

Rebecca is currently in grade ten at Prince of Wales Mini School in Vancouver. She enjoys reading, competitive dancing, and skiing in Whistler. She also volunteers at her local community centre. Rebecca has always been fascinated by science, particularly in the fields of botany and microbiology. She has conducted scientific research that won numerous awards at the 2014 and 2015 Canada-Wide Science Fair.

Rebecca’s talk, “Conquering the Gender Gap in S.T.E.M,” will focus on how S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is seen as specifically reserved for the male demographic.  It’s a common misconception due to three contributing factors: cultural biases, stereotypes, and popular media. With a more diverse workforce, productivity and innovation can be maximized. It is crucial for society to take steps towards a more equal and diverse S.T.E.M demographic by encouraging females to pursue S.T.E.M and creating more opportunities in the field.

Rebecca views the word “regenerate” as reviving something that was once lost. In 2014, research conducted by Statistics Canada found that 75% of young girls are passionate about S.T.E.M. But In universities, only 22% of females pursue S.T.E.M. related careers. It is vital for our economy, as well as girls to regenerate an interest in S.T.E.M.