Women in STEM Careers: digital design technology

Ever since personal computers began appearing in consumers’ homes, computer science and engineering became a male dominated field. Today, this is changing due to programs designed to train women for careers in technology. One way many programmers become interested in computer science was through games. A study conducted by Pew Research Center indicates that 50% of men and 48% of women play video games. However, CNN Money reports that while women represent 48% of people who play video games, they make up only 22% of game developers. We see that women are playing games, but they are underrepresented in vocations responsible for bringing those games to the public. More women game developers would increase game availability and bring games to market faster.

STEM advocates in institutions such as North Carolina State University and The University of Florida are working on a new game called Engage. This allows game play to reach students, helping them build computer science knowledge meet rigorous standards in science. Engage is currently being piloted in middle school science classrooms. The game’s primary goal is to integrate STEM curriculum programs into the traditional classroom, but it is also part of a larger project to support diversity in STEM. Specifically, the project is focused on creating experiences that effectively reinforce computer science skills in young women who might otherwise turn away from the field. The increase in women in the gaming industry itself is growing with the success of schools like the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. This all-female arts college is on track to graduate their first class of developers in the spring of 2017. These students will be ready to develop and review video games in the industry upon graduating. All in all, it does appear that more women are entering the field, and with new programs being created all the time, the number of women in STEM vocations will continue to increase.

I spoke with LiveTiles Web Developer Miyuki Gimera about women in STEM careers to get her perspective. She’s an expert coder and rose through the ranks of a Fortune 500 company before joining us at LiveTiles. Miyuki has been phenomenally successful over the course of her career, and conveys her thoughts on the subject, “I don’t think anything should be a limitation. Women shouldn’t feel that they can’t do this, because programming is possible for anyone.” Our outstanding intern, Milla Roberts, grew up in a STEM household. Her mother is a computer scientist, and she encouraged Milla to learn about technology and science early on—for which Milla is very grateful. Milla says “I won’t let it discourage me if I’m treated differently. I’m enjoying learning about science and technology and I’m going to stick with it.”

A STEM education is a great choice for anyone who is interested, and certainly women are playing central roles at LiveTiles and other digital design firms. For those who want to know more, there are a number of STEM schools available, and with cloud technology, STEM educational materials and classes can reach anyone with an internet connection. With a more diverse digital workplace, collaboration between teams is bound to provide innovative possibilities. Miyuki, Milla, and the rest of the LiveTiles team are working to bring you the latest in UX digital trends. So use LiveTiles for your intranet needs, and focus on maximizing your project management software, wireframes, mockups and prototypes. We’ll give you the tools to make it happen.

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