Episode 70: Alexa Bailey, Founder, Girls to the Power of Math
Girls to the Power of Math is a girl-to-girl math mentorship program, and it was all born out of research into whether gender influences confidence in math for elementary students. This program was started by Alexa Bailey, and she's our guest for this episode. She tells host Danniele about what it's like to be a girl with an interest in STEM in high school, what she hopes to accomplish with Girls to the Power of Math, and shares her frustration at the bias she has experienced as a girl even at school. If you want some extra inspiration, you're going to love this episode.
Guest: Alexa Bailey (E-mail)
Alexa Bailey is a grade 9 student with a love of math, who decided to do some research into whether gender influences confidence in math for elementary students from kindergarten to grade 7. Her study found that there as a statistically significant loss in math confidence for girls by grade 6, while they remained confident about most other subjects. Boys, on the other hand, maintained a level of confidence in math across grades. Once she identified this confidence gap, she was determined to help find a solution. Alexa started the Girls to the Power of Math program, which provides girl to girl math mentorship that includes fun, creative, and interactive activities to boost girls’ confidence in math.
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- All the Light We Cannot See (book), Anthony Doerr
- Engendering Success in STEM (ESS)
- "Girls to the Power of Math," by Alexa Bailey, Medium
- Girls to the Power of Math Instagram
- Girls to the Power of Math YouTube
- The Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST)