October 2014: Getting Girls Excited About STEM

Develop a Lesson that Gets Girls Excited About STEM Careers

If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

First Lady Michelle Obama,  September 26, 2011

Across the nation school districts are placing an emphasis on encouraging young women to study STEM-related subjects.  Knovation takes this responsibility seriously by supporting young women in seeking role models in STEM-related fields of study.

We’ve pulled together these icurio resources that you can mix and match depending on grade level. Create an engaging lesson on Women in STEM that will encourage the young ladies in your classrooms to become more interested in learning about science, technology, engineering and math. These resources provide everything you’ll need from an introduction to core instructional content to resources to support extended research on STEM careers.

Lesson Introduction Resources

The White House: Girls in STEM: A new Generation of Women in Science – Appropriate for: Elementary, Middle, High

This resource features young women scientists and engineers who wowed the President and the nation at the White House Science Fair. This short video shines a spotlight on these extraordinary young role models and their exciting projects. Go to The White House: Girls in STEM: A New Generation of Women in Science

Teaching Channel: STEM Education for Girls (Deeper Learning) – Appropriate for: Elementary, Middle, High

Witness a female student transform from a shy 9th grader to a confident senior, all the while embracing STEM education. This resource is a perfect opening activity to inspire and ignite passion for science. Go to Teaching Channel: STEM Education for Girls

Instructional Resources

Engineer Girl: Why Be an Engineer – Appropriate for: Elementary, Middle, High

The National Academy of Engineering promotes engineering as a career, especially to women and girls. This resource answers questions one may have about becoming an engineer. This interactive resource provides a platform for students to conduct research about the many engineering fields of study as well as provide real-life profiles of amazing engineers in the current work force. Go to Engineer Girl: Why Be an Engineer

Women in Science – Appropriate for: Middle, High

Women in Science, is a new interactive tool which presents the latest available data for countries at all stages of development. This resource allows you to explore and visualize gender gaps in the pipeline leading to a research career, from the decision to get a doctorate degree to the fields of research women pursue and the sectors in which they work. This resource is perfect for exploring the different facets of science career opportunities. Go to Women in Science

Resources for Extended Research

PBS Kids: SciGirls – Appropriate for: Elementary

This PBS resource provides a venue where girls can share information about science projects they have created. These projects are organized by science discipline and feature photos and descriptions about what the girls learned. This resource is geared towards elementary and middle school students. The site can easily be used as a catalyst to spark interest in the science fields. Go to PBS Kids: SciGirls

STEM Connector: 100 Women in STEM – Appropriate for: Middle, High

In celebration of women role models in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), STEMconnector™ unveils, in hard copy and online, its inaugural 100 Women Leaders in STEM publication. This resource includes 100 Women Leaders in STEM who share stories about their commitment to serving as mentors and sponsors of those who are next in the STEM jobs pipeline. This resource is an absolute must for researching current women leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Go to STEM Connector: 100 Women in STEM

Looking for More STEM Resources?

To find even more STEM resources to engage both the girls and boys in your classrooms, login to icurio and do a keyword search for STEM education or STEM resources.

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