Societal norms often discourage women and girls from participating in math and science, even though there is no scientific evidence indicating a gender difference in intelligence, creativity or aptitude.

  • Fewer than one in five engineering graduates is a woman.
  • Percentages have remained nearly stagnant over the last twenty years. In 2010, women represented only 17.8% of bachelor’s degrees awarded in engineering, compared to 15.4% in 1990. The trend peaked in 2000 at 20.6% and has been on a slow decline since.
  • In the engineering workforce, women represent a diminutive 10.7% , a meager increase from 5.8% in 1983.
  • Less than 14% of U.S. students have the math and science prerequisites needed to participate in the global high-tech economy.

For the past 12 years, AP Physics camp has been offered to young women in Dallas ISD through the generous support from Texas Instruments, High-Tech High Heels and the Posey Family Foundation. A longitudinal study of high-performing females who graduated from Dallas ISD in 2006, showed that women were 2.5 times more likely to earn a four-year college degree and 4.7 times more likely to earn a 4-year college degree in science or engineering if they had attended physics camp.