STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Combing these four subject areas allows for a unique learning experience for students, which encourages students to think critically and collaborate in teams. Additionally, when student have knowledge of the STEM subject areas they become better prepared for today’s innovative and technologically driven society. Despite the many benefits of having an education in or working in STEM, females are choosing to not participate in these fields at a much lower rate than their male peers. The purpose of this research was to identify the factors causing girls to lose an interest in STEM fields, as well as how to counteract or eliminate these factors. The goal is to show that girls’ interest in STEM is hindered by the actions of society, more specifically the actions of parents and teachers, and by choosing to expose girls to more opportunities and information in these fields that a difference can be made. The final phase of my research involved administering a survey with elementary teachers in Central Kentucky in order find out what is happening with STEM education at this level.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2015


Patrick J. Costello

Mentor Department Affiliation

Mathematics and Statistics

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Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Mathematics and Statistics

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