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2012 | By: Toni Nicole Dancu

Designing Exhibits for Gender Equity

How does adding female-friendly design features to an exhibit enhance girls' engagement and social interactions at the exhibit? This highly researched and thought provoking dissertation illustrates that designing exhibits for gender equity may help to reduce the gender gap in informal science education. Toni Dancu provides an extensive Literature Review to show that learning experiences in informal environments are significantly related to female interest and participation in STEM careers. Dancu's report is a systematic study on how adding female-friendly design features to an exhibit, Geometry in Motion, at the Exploratorium affects the learning experience. Implications: Incorporating various female-friendly design features in exhibits leads to deeper engagement for girls, and provides a strong argument for considering these features in future science exhibit development projects. This reading is a dissertation submitted by Toni Nicole Dancu at Portland State University. View External Website

Region: N South Atlantic

Contributor: Anna Simmons

Tags: Research-Report, Gender, STEM, Informal Learning-Education

2011 | By: NSTA

"Angela" Award

This award honors one female student in grades 5-8, who is involved in or has a strong connection to science. The award has been established in honor of Gerry Wheeler, Executive Director Emeritus, and his outstanding dedication to NTSA and lifelong commitment to science education.View External Website

Region: N South Atlantic

Contributor: Derlly González González

Tags: Award, Girls-Women, STEM

2011 | By: U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration

Education Supports Racial and Ethnic Equality in STEM

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workers are essential to American innovation and competitiveness in an increasingly dynamic and global marketplace. In this third report, we examine demographic disparities in STEM education and find that educational attainment may affect equality of opportunity in these critical, high-quality jobs of the future. This report follows an analysis of labor market outcomes and gender disparities among STEM workers. We find that regardless of race and Hispanic origin, higher college graduation rates are associated with higher shares of workers with STEM jobs. But non-Hispanic Whites and Asians are much more likely than other minority groups to have a bachelor's degree. By increasing the numbers of STEM workers among currently underrepresented groups through education, we can help ensure America's future as a global leader in technology and innovation. Other key findings of this report include: - Non-Hispanic Whites comprise the largest group of STEM workers, accounting for about seven out of ten STEM workers, which aligns closely with their share of the overall workforce. - Non-Hispanic Asians are most likely (42 percent) to graduate college with a STEM degree, while the propensities of other groups are all fairly similar (17-22 percent). - Half of all non-Hispanic Asian workers with STEM degrees have STEM jobs, compared to 30 percent of Hispanics and non-Hispanic Black and American Indian and Alaska Native workers. - One in five STEM workers is foreign-born, of which 63 percent come from Asia. - STEM workers in all demographic groups, including the foreign-born, earn more than their non-STEM counterparts. Hispanics and non-Hispanic Blacks receive a significantly larger STEM premium than do non-Hispanic Whites.View External Website42_educationsupportsracialandethnicequalityinstem_0.pdf

Region: N South Atlantic

Contributor: Cheryl Lani Juarez

Tags: STEM, Equality-Equity-Disparities, Minorities

2011 | By: Harris Interactive survey commissioned by Microsoft

STEM Perceptions: Student & Parent Study

Presents the findings of two national surveys, conducted online by Harris Interactive, of college students currently pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees and of parents of K-12 students. The goal of the surveys was to gain insight about what can better prepare and inspire students to pursue post-secondary education in STEM subjects.44_STEM_Perceptions-Students_and_Parents_Study.pdf44_STEM-IG.pdf

Region: N South Atlantic

Contributor: Cheryl Lani Juarez

Tags: STEM, Parents, Motivation, Student Preparedness, Gender

2011 | By: U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration

Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation

Executive Summary Our science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is crucial to America's innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women are vastly underrepresented in STEM jobs and among STEM degree holders despite making up nearly half of the U.S. workforce and half of the college-educated workforce. That leaves an untapped opportunity to expand STEM employment in the United States, even as there is wide agreement that the nation must do more to improve its competitiveness.View External Website

Region: N South Atlantic

Contributor: Cheryl Lani Juarez

Tags: Girls/Women, Gender, STEM, Workforce, Role Models/Mentors, Stereotypes

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Science Central's Ms. Tech Camp

With support from a Girls RISEnet Minigrant, Science Central, a hands-on science center in northeast Indiana, partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Urban League, as well as the general public, to host our first ...Read More

Privacy Policy | The Girls RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) National Museum Network is funded by Grant No. HRD-0937245 from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Human Resource Development, Research on Gender in Science and Engineering Extension Services (GSE/EXT) Program. Project collaborators include the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and SECME, Inc. The project seeks to increase the capacity of science centers and museums to interest girls from underrepresented populations in the engineering sciences