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Glen – I think that opening up this discussion is a step in the right direction. For many years I participated in a W.I.S.E (Women in Science and Engineering) which was a summer program with monthly meetings that supported young women as they explored science and engineering. It was a partnership with ASU and Chandler Gilbert Community College. In addition before that involvement I supported a program in district called Kyrene Science Academy that supported girls and minorities in science and engineering. Both were very successful and changed how I taught science to all students.
I did a bit of research to find some current information –and the following have some great resources and opportunities for participation.
- National Science Foundation – Research on Gender in Science and Engineering
- BrainCake – Girls, Math & Science Partnership,
- National Girls Collaborative Project Advancing the Agenda in Gender Equity for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
- Girl Scouts: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
- Expanding your horizons network: motivating young women in science and mathematics
As for STEM standers – I can hear the grown of many teachers saying not more standards – but maybe a better way to call out connections between science, technology, engineering and math. I think that all students could benefit from that. In addition- as educators we need to encourage students to go beyond the “typical” scientists reports and encourage them to look at current scientists and add more women in the mix of research possibilities.
What other programs are you aware of? Anyone involved in other initiatives?
You've provided some excellent resources for STEM education and encouraging young ladies to participate. I'm already considering ways I can change how I teach next year to focus more on possibilities for these young ladies.
My state education technology consortium provides a web page for teacher leaders to input STEM activities. Unfortunately, this is a static web page and does not allow for easy collaboration. Information must be emailed and then be uploaded to be published. There is no distinction at this point about whether STEM activities are specific for female students or not.
I hope someone else has details on positive and encouraging work being done with STEM and young ladies in their states or districts!