University of California, Davis, is creating a program to mentor 15,000 11-year-old girls in California during the next year in an effort to close the gender gap in STEM learning.

“Snap the Gap,” a program that will provide mentors and hands-on STEM education tools to 11-year-old girls, was made possible by a $1.1 million grant from the Walt Disney Company.

STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and math — an area in which there persists a gender gap.

UC Davis, which leads California Million Women Mentors and is a national leader in STEM education, is partnering with littleBits, an educational technology company that created hands-on learning kits to “Snap the Gap” in STEM education, engaging girls in STEM at an early age. Girls will have the

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