New Providence Student Sriya Tallapragada hopes to Close the Gender Gap in STEM

(above) New Providence Middle School Student Sriya Tallapragada aims to close the gender gap in STEM.

Close the Gender Gap in STEM

“When I was in school, I started realizing how few girls were involved in STEM: Science, Tech, Engineering, and Mathematics,” explained Sriya Tallapragada, an 8th grader at New Providence Middle School. “When I went online, I was shocked to find out that this was not just a coincidence… There was a very obvious gender gap in these fields. That’s when I decided that I had to do something about it.”

Tallapragada said she spent part of her summer designing and building her nonprofit, #Girls Who STEAM, as her way of doing something about these statistics. #Girls Who STEAM is built on the mission to close the gender gap in STEAM by making it fun and interesting for girls.

#Girls Who STEAM’s first event, the Trailblazer Essay Contest, is meant for girls between the ages of 8-11. Girls are encouraged to write about their favorite female trailblazer whose impact has helped female rights to this day. The contest is on-going and will be open until December 31, 2019. For more information, visit

Tallapragada hopes to expand into workshops that engage girls in STEM activities.

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