Re "Education agenda stresses math, science" (Viewpoints, March 20): A big thanks to Rep. Michael Honda and Muhammed Chaudhry for their efforts to promote and provide STEM education to California students. As president of a branch of the American Association of University Women, I would like to point out that the need for better STEM education is particularly needed for young women and girls. Traditionally females have been underrepresented in these careers.
We in the Roseville/South Placer AAUW provide scholarships to middle school girls to attend Tech Trek, a one-week session at UC Davis. They are exposed to leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, and have opportunities for hands-on projects. We strongly believe that we must reach girls at an early age before they have become subject to thoughts such as girls are not good in math and science. Collaboration between business, education and professional organizations to support girls' interest in STEM is needed.
-- Jackie Lamb, Lincoln