To be competitive in the global market, over the next decade the U.S. will need an astounding 1 million more STEM professionals than it's on track to produce. Of the current STEM professionals, women hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs. Only 1 out of 3 environmental engineers and chemists, 1 in 4 computer scientists, 1 in 5 industrial engineers, 1 in 10 physicists and electrical engineers, and less than 8% of mechanical engineers are women.
Girl Scouts has made a pledge to put 2.5 million girls nationally through our hands-on STEM programs by 2025. We are the foremost experts in preparing the next generation of female STEM leaders. Girl Scouts are almost twice as likely as non-Girl Scouts to participate in STEM activities, and 77% of girls say that they are considering a career in technology because of Girl Scouts. Our program has more than 35 STEM badges that challenge girls to stretch their STEM skills.
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland serves 24,000 girls in the Baltimore area through programs like Techbridge, First LEGO League, STEM is Fun, Chemistry in the Kitchen, Science Wonders, and our annual STEAM Festival. Your gift will enable us to encourage 24,000 girls to consider careers in STEM fields.