Written By Gregoris Kalai Via Huff Post
The gender gap between men and women is closing quickly in many industries across the country. However, the tech industry remains notoriously male-dominated and unrepresentative of the larger population. One of the most pernicious problems that the industry faces is the lack of young women interested in and taking advantage of classes on various kinds of engineering.
Most discussions aimed at fixing this deeply-rooted issue often turn into talks about the industry's image problem, without realizing that an issue of this magnitude cannot be fixed by the PR department. In order to truly address the underlying issues that prevent many women from being actively involved in all aspects of the tech world, we ought to find ways to nurture girls' interest in the industry from an early age.
One entrepreneur has found a way to teach girls engineering by making it entertaining and tangible through a nonprofit approach. KiraKira is the brainchild of Suz Somersall, founder of a successful jewelry company that carries her name. In teaching herself how to 3D print jewelry designs for the company, Suz saw an opportunity in teaching other girls how to design and "print" their own jewelry.
In the past year, Suz has turned her attention to inspiring kids to pursue careers in STEM, as well as supporting young women learn about various aspects of engineering. She launched the nonprofit and is currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign that aims to open popup schools in NYC, San Francisco, and Charlottesville, VA to teach young girls how to ideate, design and print their own jewelry.