STEM for Girls

An initiative by IBM in India to improve education and career pathways for girls in schools. Join us to change the lives of these young students.

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Our initiative

Our initiative

Under the STEM Initiative, over the last 3 years IBM has reached out to more than 275,000 girls and 150,000 boys.

IBM has enabled girls to pursue STEM pathways through scholarships, career counselling, creating experiential learning experiences.

Opening The Consciousness To New
Possibilities (1:56)
India's percentage of scientists, engineers and technologists who are women
14%
Global percentage of scientists, engineers and technologists who are women
28%
Jobs in the next decade that will require STEM
80%
STEM careers offer higher pay and longevity
24%+
Our partnerships

STEM for Girls India 2021
Partnership Ecosystem

# of students
  • 1.   Punjab: 8,000
  • 2.   Haryana: 10,000
  • 3.   Rajasthan: 35,000
  • 4.   Gujarat: 20,000
  • 5.   Karnataka: 45,000
  • 6.   Andhra Pradesh: 20,000
  • 7.   Telangana: 40,000
  • 8.   Odisha: 20,000
  • 9.   Bihar: 10,000
  • 10. Assam: 10,000
  • 11. Uttarakhand: 17,500
  • 12. Nagaland: 12,605
  • 13. Arunachal Pradesh: 13,500
STEM for Girls Partnership Ecosystem Map in India 2021
Transformation strategies

Transformation strategies

Role Model Interactions (RMI)
Interactions with successful women
Guide students about career pathways and practical decision-making
311 RMIs for 126,700 students in 7 states in 3 years
Hackathons including INSPIRE Manak
Students undergo an Ideathon process
Participate in Hackathons to build prototypes of their ideas
139 student prototypes have qualified for INSPIRE Manak awards
Exposure visits
20 STEM for Girls students underwent an immersive workshop on biological sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Attended lectures, conducted laboratory experiments, and visited the facility
Engaged in research-based, experiential study
Boosting Interest in STEM careers
Curriculum
Self-awareness, gender-awareness
Computational thinking skills
Career-awareness of young students, especially girls
Scholarships
Approx. $186,000 granted in scholarships to 284 girls and 147 boys
Teacher capacity building
System driven change
Interactive learning for teachers to become 21st century facilitators
Enable teachers to champion the cause of STEM education
7,000+ teachers will be trained in the coming year
Pico Satellite Launch
Training girls in Satellite, drone and space technology
135 girls trained in Uttarkhand in 2021
140 girls trained in Haryana in 2022
Satellite and Drone launches in 2 states respectively
Advanced STEM Activities: PICO
Satellite and Drone Launch (1:52)
Breaking stereotypes

Breaking stereotypes

We are very proud of our commitment to improve the skills of young girls and boys who are in schools across India.

We are also arming these girls with the skills they need, to make a difference to communities in which they live and the world at large—solving challenges and driving stewardship with good tech.

“India’s huge talent pool has an amazing opportunity to contribute to our country’s tech prowess. IBM’s collaboration with state governments will help girls participate and become future-ready — better aligned with market shifts and industry needs.”

Sandip Patel

IBM India/South Asia
General Manager

The IBM STEM for Girls program embraces one of the most important stake holders in a student's journey - their parents. Watch how through a story telling process, students are inducted into the world of coding and share their dreams to their parents.

Parents towards strengthening
STEM Ecosystems (1:18)
Case studies