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Engage Girls in STEM through Mentorship

posted on February 19, 2014

Engage Girls in STEM through Mentorship

Seeing women who have succeeded in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) helps inspire and motivate girls, especially when they can relate to these mentors as people with lives outside of their job. Twin Cities Public Television brings us the SciGirls, whose bold goal is to change how millions of girls think about STEM. Research shows that, for a variety of reasons, some girls begin to lose interest (and confidence in their abilities) in math and science in middle school. SciGirls engages girls between 8 and 13 years old, helping them through these challenging tween years to arrive in high school with a positive attitude toward STEM studies and careers. This video and accompanying teacher tips enforce the power of a strong female role model, as the SciGirls work side-by-side with their mentor and rely on her expertise as a mechanical engineer to help them troubleshoot their bike-powered ice cream maker design. This is sure to appeal to the boys in your classroom, too, since the goal is to make delicious homemade ice cream. This relavent STEM resource is great for grades 5-8.

Tags: education educators STEM teachers

Subjects: MathScience & Technology


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