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#PressforProgress through STEM Education

March is Women’s History Month, a time dedicated to recognizing women and their unique perspectives and contributions to our nation. In celebration and in conjunction with International Women’s Day, NMSI will launch a campaign next week that highlights eight prominent innovations and the women who pioneered their creation.

This year’s International Women's Day “Press for Progress” theme hits close to home as we, too, advocate, activate and support access to help unlock potential, especially for those furthest from opportunity.

We want to recognize the progress of past and current female students in NMSI programming. Historically, the increase in females’ qualifying scores on AP exams after one year in NMSI programming is 10 times the national average. This increase is not only a testament to the expert teachers, but the determination of thousands of students who build their skills and earn college credit.

Female Student Increase

When NMSI partners with a new school, we often challenge it to expand STEM classes to dramatically increase enrollment. We emphasize the importance of the enrollment data accurately reflecting the school’s own demographics. It's one way that we can help identify if all students have equal access to high-rigor courses.

This is only part of our work to “press for progress” in expanding access to all students, especially those often underrepresented in STEM careers. We recently launched a campaign to identify and eradicate STEM Deserts to fill in the gaps in opportunity for students in areas that are traditionally underserved. As part of our five-year strategic plan, we’re dedicated to connecting national partners and STEM advocates, galvanizing local resources to support education and continuing to improve upon proven programs to build on the momentum of the past 10 years.

We’re excited to celebrate this shared national mission and launch our campaign next week to amplify the contributions of women in STEM. We look forward to continuing the press for progress for our students, schools and nation.

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