4. Keep girls interested and engaged in STEM over time and beyond transition points. While past research shows that girls’ interest in STEM drops in middle school, this study points out another transition point—that girls’ interest in STEM may be challenged by competing opportunities and interests as girls move from high school to college years and beyond. Providing college and career counseling for teen girls is important in bridging STEM interest in high school to a STEM major in college, eventually leading to a STEM career. Many high school girls say they are interested in STEM subjects and careers, but a much lower percentage say that
a STEM career is their number one choice.