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Girls RISEnet Regional Workshop at the Miami Science Museum - Engaging Girls in STEM: Strategies You Can Use NOW!

The Miami Science Museum (MSM) hosted participants from Alabama, North Carolina, and Florida for a one-day regional workshop to share research-based strategies that informal science educators can use to engage girls in STEM pathways.  The workshop objectives were to promote awareness among informal educators of girls’ participation in engineering and technology; introduce strategies that use art to engage girls in STEM; and learn about Girls RISEnet resources and mini-grants.

 MSM staff presented hands-on learning activities including: Snap into STEM using Snap Circuits®, Tinkering with Electronic Circuits, and Scripting with Scratch®.

 

 

“Having attended a number of state and regional conferences in the last few years, I found my six hour workshop with you to be far superior to any previously attended museum education seminars. I have been teaching an “Electricity and Magnetism” field trip program for the last year and a half and while I had a grasp on circuits prior to the workshop, I really feel that I can now put that knowledge into action. I have been so inspired that I bought conductive thread, 3V battery, and a sew-able battery pack to light up my Museum apron, just to prove I can do it! I cannot wait to take on another project. Thank you for the super inspiring introduction to Snap Circuits (I’ve already ordered a set for our Museum Learning Center) and Scratch (I’ve put in an IT request to have it on my computer) – I look forward to spreading the word to the rest of the CFM education unit and looking for ways that we can encourage girls in science, especially engineering and computer programming.”  (Wilmington, NC)

“I would like to integrate more engineering into our science curriculum, possibly offering engineering workshops on Saturdays and during the summer. I will use what I learned about engineering and electricity in my summer camps, and put together a science kit that we can use on the floor for demonstrations and hands-on interaction with the public. The computer program Scratch would be a great addition to our Curious Kids room computers, and we could use this in our afterschool program.” (Naples, FL)

 

 

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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