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Hawthorn School working to get students into STEM careers

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Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls is using a grant from Monsanto  to fund STEM programs. Credit: KMOV Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls is using a grant from Monsanto to fund STEM programs. Credit: KMOV
NORTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls is the only all-girls public school in the state of Missouri.  And the school is doing its best to educate those girls to be leaders of tomorrow through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses.

The Monsanto Fund awarded Hawthorn a $10,000 grant to help fund two courses it’s starting for the students: Introduction to Engineering and Introduction to Coding.  The students at Hawthorn will take the former in sixth grade and the latter in seventh or eighth grade.

“(STEM) is definitely the wave of the future.  A lot of research has shown that STEM and proficiency in STEM is going to help our students and students anywhere to find successful careers,” teacher Chris Meyers said.

“We get to use electricity and engineer different things, make our own websites and have fun.  It’s something I’ve never done before.  It’s interesting,” Aunye Knuckles said.

Another big aspect of getting this fund from Monsanto is the fact there are more men than women in STEM-related careers.  Hawthorn is determined to get more women into the field.

“They want us to prove them wrong.  We are going to prove them wrong because we can do the same things that (boys) can,” Knuckles said.

“There’s more men in the engineering field than there are women.  They want us to go into the field,” Serinity Merritt said.

The Monsanto Fund not only gave the $10,000 to Hawthorn but also donated cabinets and counter tops that are used in class during the two courses.

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