Even though young girls and boys sit side by side in educational settings all across the country, women are much less likely to choose careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) than men. In fact, according to the National Science Foundation, only about one fifth of computer science and engineering graduates at the bachelor level are women. In light of this problem, SciGirls and Twin Cities PBS created SciGirls Strategies, a multi-year professional development and media creation initiative designed to help STEM educators recruit and retain more middle and high school girls from diverse backgrounds in STEM pathways. In this session, participants will learn how to use research-based gender equitable and culturally responsive teaching strategies through hands-on exploration. Additionally, participants will see how role model videos and student-created media can be used to engage diverse girls in traditionally male fields.
Learning Outcomes / Key Insights:
-Learn about possible reasons behind the disparity between boys and girls in STEM and concrete strategies for addressing these disparities in learning spaces throughout their communities.
-How to engage key stakeholders in their communities to help support girls in STEM fields that have traditionally been dominated by men.
-Explore how student-created media can be a powerful tool to support girls on their STEM journey.
-Gain access to free resources, including a set of role model videos, access to trained role models in their geographic areas, and a website, created for this initiative, with videos and articles participants can use both to assess and implement change in their communities.
-Leah Defenbaugh, STEM Outreach Manager, SciGirls
-Alex Dexheimer, STEM Project Manager, Twin Cities PBS
Primary Track: Community Engagement
This session is open to NETA Members and 2020 NETA Conference Attendees.