As a kid, I remember going to a summer workshop that was just for girls at a local university. We got to extract DNA from fruit flies and participated in a dissection at the vet school. It was very exciting, a little gross, and I felt lucky to have had such a unique experience.
I thought of this when I heard that girls had won the top prizes in the first Google Science Fair. It made me curious to know what you are doing to help girls develop a love of science. Is it through a favorite book, a hands-on activity, or simply encouraging their natural curiosities about the world around them?
If you are looking for some inspiration, Science NetLinks has a collection of resources for Women's History Month that focus on the diverse achievements and scientific work of women. This collection includes information on female scientists who have changed history, the diversity of the scientific community, and stories from young women who are working in a variety of STEM fields.
I just love the Science Cheerleaders. More than 200 current and former professional cheerleaders from the NFL, NBA, and other pro sports leagues, pursuing science and engineering careers make up the Science Cheerleaders.
Another really cool resource to support girls pursuing engineering is organized by the National Academy of Engineering ... Engineer Girl is here: http://engineergirl.org/
Kids Talk Radio Science is training girls to become student backpack science journalists. Girls get to study at Kids Talk Radio's Jr. Medical School. Students report enhanced STEM news in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, visual arts and foreign languages. Students are trained online and have additional summer opportunites to study in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. Advanced gifted and talented students have opportunities to to join the International Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project STEM Teams.
Found this cool website, Under the Microscope-Where Women and Science Connect, that has a rich archive of resources and current events announcements.
From their "About Us" ...
Under the Microscope is the online component of the Women Writing Science project at The Feminist Press. Under the Microscope collects stories from women involved with science, technology, engineering, and math with the goal of publishing a survival guide for young women in science. Under the Microscope also publishes news, tips, interviews and profiles.
Under the Microscope is funded by the National Science Foundation and was developed by IBM.
Recent entries include:
Check it out!
Our school just invited some engineers over from Boeing to speak to the students, it was great for the girls to see a woman who is making her career in engineering! If you have companies like this near your schools, you could ask some professionals to visit and share their experiences. They talked about their education, career, company projects, and income level! They even gave the students an engineering challenge to do as part of the presentation. It was a great assembly!
Here's some news from the Science Cheerleaders. I love what these women do to encourage girls to love science.
Did you see this? This program offeres a rich source of "content" to initiate a seminar or group discussion.
PBS News Hour: Why Aren't There More Female Scientist, Engineers?
A recap of a live chat examines why women lag behind in some areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and what can be done to encourage more young women to pursue careers in STEM fields.
The original program is here:
It would be great if each one of us connected to a couple of teachers at the university level and did something similar. I had a girl and two boys on July 25th and I will have four girls tomorrow August 2nd. The biggest issue was the transportation during vacation time. I intend to continue this partnership and making it an annual event. I will try to do it before school ends. I will also continue to seek other possibilities to contact other universities. I am in a group of teachers that meet with elementary and high school science teachers to align the curriculum and help each other to work with each others requirements. The plan is to have a must have group of laboratories each year and keep building the concepts.
Here's a great story to share with students...
Ruchi Sanghvi was 23 years old when she became the first female engineer at Facebook. Definitely inspiring!
Learn more about her here.
Have played around with this site - very cool.
A program of Girls, Math & Science Partnership [GMSP]–Click! engages girls, ages 10–14, to solve mysteries and complete covert missions using important science concepts as agents-in-training. The program utilizes relatable narratives and cutting-edge technology, while encouraging tactile-based inquiry and real-world problem solving skills. Teen girls get a rare opportunity to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math through new media, hands-on experiments, and interactions with professional mentors from esteemed companies and universities.
I am the Founder and Producer of careergirls.org - CareerGirls.Org is a free, noncommercial, online platform which showcases video clips of diverse women role models sharing career and educational advice to inspire young girls to expand their horizons, improve their academic performance, and dream big about their futures. Career Girls is dedicated to providing young girls of all income levels and ethnic backgrounds with the academic tools and support they need to achieve their professional aspirations.
We present over 140 diverse and accomplished women in STEM with thousands of inspirational video clips. Free. No ads. No email sign up. Just successful women who want to support teachers and parents who are encouraging girls to pursue academic subjects and nurturing career interests. Check out these links to our Scientists, Engineers and Mathematicians.
We encourage teachers, parents and girl serving organizations to use our free video resource.
As an Engineer by training and Wife Science major doing IT raising two kids, Son in College and Daughter in High School. Through this years, we found very limited Science or Technology based after school activity during their Pre K to 6th grade, but as a Parent we volunteered various ways including Coaching in a neighborhood based STEM activities like FIRST LEGO League, Odyssey of the Mind, Math Count and later in Middle/High School in Science Olympiad, Science Fair, FIRST Tech Challenge and Robotics. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) USFIRST.org is similar to team sports (Robots), integrates STEM based hands-on activities and research (yearly new challenge) for students of all ages, and prepare them in Careers in 21st Century. It was started in 1989 by Inventor Dean Kamen and compliments Teachers to engage K-12 students in 70 countries in STEM program. It also encourages participants several core values in life, be gracious professionals and share the knowledge in the community and importantly become mentors. The Scholarships are awarded by the FIRST partners, sponsors and Universities. FIRST Volunteers participate in major community providing demos and literatures. Sharing a recent STEMosphere (Share Fair 2014) event I and my daughter were able to assist.
The March madness also seen during the Regional Engineering/Science Fair and State Science Olympiad (Home Page | Science Olympiad) where teachers and volunteers assist with the Judging, volunteering and awarding future Scientists.
While this news is exciting and future is bright, but questions daunts to my 10th graders is why she see so few Girls take careers in STEM subject. She kind of knows the answer, while participating in above fields, she is taking steps through the community outreach, encourage young kids to participate in sports like STEM program and have fun.