by: Annie Sciacca
 

People sometimes ask Linda Kekelis why she wants resources devoted to helping girls get involved with science, technology, engineering and math—STEM. Girls would do it if they were interested in it, they say.

But according to Kekelis, that’s simply not true.

Instead, gender stereotypes, bad information given to families and the limited resources in low-income schools discourage girls from joining STEM activities and careers, Kekelis explained.

That’s why, in 1999, she started Techbridge, a nonprofit that provides hands-on learning programs mostly for girls in underserved schools to foster their interest in STEM fields.

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