Gann Academy Women Excel in STEM
Gann women compete on the math team and are members of the Women in STEM club. They take upper-level science, engineering, and math courses. Gann women just plain love any activity that kicks their left brain into gear.
"Gann was a very supportive place for me," says Gann Academy alum Zoe Weiss '17, who now studies computer science at Brown University and has dreams of working for Pixar. "My teachers in all my STEM courses were very encouraging." While at Gann, Weiss was named a winner of the National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing, through its Massachusetts affiliate. The award recognizes high school women for their computing-related achievements.
"There are many opportunities inside and outside of the curriculum for women to get really involved in math and science," says Math Department Chair Chris Senhouse. "We have many students who are very passionate about these subjects, and the stereotype that girls who like this stuff are single-minded and 'nerdy' just doesn’t hold true at Gann."
Senhouse said that while women are far better represented in college math and science courses than they were in the past, pursuing STEM majors can still be somewhat daunting. He and other faculty talk with female students about the challenges they’ll encounter post-Gann and try to bring women who work in STEM fields to the school as often as possible. In fact, it was during a talk by Pixar animator Ariela Nurko '04 that Weiss, then a ninth grader, decided she wanted to learn how to code.