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Published on Wednesday, November 24, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The United States Embassy in Costa Rica is sponsoring the "Niñas en Tecnología" program (girls in technology in the English language) to provide girls and teens with STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).

The courses are being held at Parque La Libertad Club in Desamparados Canton, San José Province, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.

According to the ministry, during this year 164 girls and 48 female teens from different schools in the cantons of Desamparados and Acosta in San José Province, are set to learn about programming, electricity, electronic circuits, mathematical logic and the scientific method.

“At Parque La Libertad we decided to create a safe space that would allow teen women and girls to learn these courses, break down gender stereotypes and approach STEAM careers with the conviction that women can be active participants in any productive sector of our society,” said Gabriela Pereira, from Parque La Libertad.

According to data from UN Women, only 35% of science, technology, engineering and mathematics students in the world are women. Furthermore, only 30% of the people who research this area are women.

In Costa Rica, of the total number of people who graduated as engineers in 2019, only 37% were women, according to data from the Ministry of Science.

The “Niñas en Tecnología” program has been developed in Costa Rica since 2017 where 378 girls and teen women have taken courses in STEAM.

Recently, the U.S. Embassy announced the opening application process for another scholarship program for young leaders.

The Embassy is led by Marcos Mandojana, Chargé d'Affaires.  
In June, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Cynthia Ann Telles as Ambassador to Costa Rica. It is expected the embassy announces when Telles will arrive in the country.

What have you heard about girls looking for aid to learn STEAM in your community?
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