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Creating a Global Community for Gender Equity in ISE September 10, 2013

Creating a Global Community for Gender Equity in ISE

With support from NSF’s Science Across Virtual Institutes program, the Girls RISEnet project convened an international community to explore the role of science centers in issues of gender equity in STEM learning. This effort resulted in two major products:

  • An international literature review synthesized what is known about how science centers and museums contribute to girls’ engagement with STEM, summarized what is useful for practice, and identified gaps in the research; and
  • An international survey identified common global themes and issues and began to outline opportunities for science centers and museums to advance gender equity.

Download the literature review here (PDF).

Download the survey results here (PDF).

 

June 6, 2013

"Engineering a Return from Space" at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska

With the receipt of a 2013 Girls RISEnet Minigrant, the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (CLCA) developed and implemented a new STEM workshop called “Engineering a Return from Space”. CLCA partnered with Girl Scouts of Alaska to beta-test this workshop at the 2013 Girl Scouts of Alaska Encampment at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer, Alaska. The biennial encampment is attended by nearly 1,000 girls and adult volunteers. “Engineering a Return from Space” was also delivered at 2013 summer camps and has been added to regular CLCA program offerings. “Engineering a Return from Space” engage participants in collaborative groups to design and build a thermal protection system for a model spacecraft. Testing occurs, followed by analysis and re-designs to engineer the best possible thermal protection system. STEM concepts of heat transfer, engineering design process, scientific method, space vehicles as well as STEM careers were all addressed.

Chantelle Rose, CLCA Director of Educational Operations states, “Engaging students in the engineering design process is powerful. Students have grown accustomed to having one right answer and this workshop shows them there are many ways to solve a problem. The best designs grow from collaboration, the application of problem-solving skills and the ability to learn from their previous trials. These are true lifelong skills.”

Girls RISEnet (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering), a partnership between the Miami Science Museum, the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and SECME, Inc., is strengthening the professional capacity of informal science educators to engage and motivate minority girls in grades 6-12 to explore and pursue science and engineering careers. www.girlsrisenet.org

‘“Engineering a Return from Space” was an amazing workshop for our girls. It is a hands-on learning experience that teaches youngsters how the engineering process really works. Girls learned by trial and error, team work and building upon each other’s success. Most of all it was fun and all of our girls were ready to sign up to do it again! Thank you Challenger Learning Center.”, said Sue Perles, CEO, Girls Scouts of Alaska.

July/August, 2013 Newsletter July 1, 2013

July/August, 2013 Newsletter

  •  July/August, Girls RISEnet 2013 Newsletter

Discover Engineering Competitions 

Now that the academic year is over, it’s time to start planning next year’s fun filled activities.  And one of the best ways to engage girls in STEM is to get them involved with competitions! Find a new comprehensive list on the Girls RISEnet website here.

Read entire newsletter here.

 

Girls Geek Boutique at Durango Discovery Museum July 8, 2013

Girls Geek Boutique at Durango Discovery Museum

With support from a 2013 Girls RISEnet mini-grant, the Durango Discovery Museum (DDM) developed and implemented Girls Geek Boutique, a week-long, summer science camp for girls.  Girls Geek Boutique served 20 underrepresented, upper-elementary and middle school girls from rural Southwest Colorado.  The camp was designed to get girls excited about STEM and STEM careers through hands-on science and engineering projects, interactions with female role models and an introduction to MAKE and DIY culture.  


Throughout the inquiry-based camp, girls were encouraged to think for themselves, and use their creativity, their hands, and their resourcefulness to build robots, dissect frogs, determine how many pounds a human hair can hold, test the tensile strength of toilet paper ropes, use GPS devices to waypoint signs of the Ochotona princeps (the American pika), create jewelry out of computer parts, hunt for fossils, search for geocaches, explore series and parallel circuits, and dissect sheep brains.  On top of all of that, campers completed a week-long design project where they contstructed, decorated and wired their own scale-model houses which, of course, utilized various passive and active net-zero architectural techniques.


In addition to the myriad of STEM activities, five local female professionals in STEM fields visited our week-long camp, led a hands-on activity related to their particular field, and answered interview questions from our campers.  The guest speakers were impressed and encouraged (so say the least!) by the level and sheer number of interview questions presented by our curious campers.  Questions ranged from "do you work with a partner at work?" to "what advice would you give to girls looking to go into STEM fields" and, the ultimate stump question, "why do you think so few girls are receiving college degrees even though girls get better grades and test scores than boys in high school?"  


Parent reviews of the Girls Geek Boutique Camp were extremely positive:

"Inquiry based, professionals/experts in various job related fields, top-notch facilitators encouraging the girls, creative curriculum ... overall, I am super impressed!" (parent)

"Faith was a little nervous that she wasn't going to like the science aspect of camp, but she learned a lot and really enjoyed the experience!"  (parent)

June, 2013 Newsletter June 1, 2013

June, 2013 Newsletter

  •  June, 2013 Girls RISEnet Newsletter

Discover Engineering Competitions 

Now that the academic year is over, it’s time to start planning next year’s fun filled activities.  And one of the best ways to engage girls in STEM is to get them involved with competitions! Find a new comprehensive list on the Girls RISEnet website here.

Read entire newsletter here.

 

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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