November 11, 2019

KIPP Pals help students embrace STEM abilities

Nine middle-school students from KIPP Voyage Academy for Girls already are practicing possible careers as scientists, engineers, and researchers. The middle-schoolers participated in a Nov. 9 STEM event hosted by KIPP Pals, a group of young professionals who help drive the organization’s mission by volunteering, fundraising, and increasing awareness. Students participated in three challenging science experiments, because they said, math and science are their favorite subjects!


This sentiment reinforces evidence that girls start out with the same math abilities as boys. A team from Carnegie Mellon University comprehensively examined the brain development of young boys and girls; their research showed no gender differences in capabilities when it comes to math and science.

A voyage through the mind

A study of 104 children from ages 3 to 10 found similar patterns of brain activity in boys and girls as they engaged in basic math tasks, researchers reported last week in the journal Science of Learning. The finding challenges the idea that more boys than girls end up in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) because they have greater cognitive skills those fields require. It also backs other studies that found similar math abilities in males and females early in life.


KIPP Voyage Academy for Girls opened its doors in Fall 2009, where little girls with dreams become women with vision. Located in Northeast Houston, KIPP Voyage empowers young women to be self-respecting independent thinkers with the academic character and social skills necessary to thrive in and graduate from the four-year college of their choice. Each young woman is encouraged to make meaningful contributions to her community and the world. Students and their families commit to upholding school values and coming ready to learn every day.

KIPP Texas supports children from pre-K through 12th grade with joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose —college, career, and beyond. Apply today if you or someone you know has a child that would love to attend one of our tuition-free schools.