STEM is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where academic concepts are integrated with real-life lessons. STEM literacy helps in inculcating leadership skills, computational thinking and problem-solving skills in the girls and thereby exposing them with the opportunity of hands-on and real-world learning experiences, thus, breaking gender stereotypes. Tamil Nadu’s Karimnagar district is home to a young software engineer aspirant who is also breaking gender stereotypes.
An ambitious 17-year-old M. Srija is passionate about mathematics and machines, and the STEM classes are usually the best part about her day. DEF trainers in STEM for Girls programme, initiated e-learning by conducting classes every day for an hour via WhatsApp and conference calls (for those not having smartphones). Therefore, it has made it easier for Srija and other dedicated girls across districts to learn STEM. “I learned a lot from STEM. Life skills, career skills, digital literacy, coding from scratch; it will all be very beneficial to me in future” said Srija.