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.

October 2014: Resources for Encouraging Girls in STEM

Encouraging Girls in STEM

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. As First-Lady Michelle Obama states, providing a hurdle-free learning environment for women and girls should be a shared mission. Knovation takes this responsibility seriously by supporting young women in seeking role models in STEM–related fields of study.

The netTrekker resources below highlight famous women in STEM-related fields. It is our hope that you can use these resources with the young ladies in your classrooms to spark curiosity and an enduring passion for learning about science, technology, engineering and math.

You can access all of these featured resources within netTrekker by doing a simple keyword search for October 2014 Newsletter.

Elementary Resource

Youngzine: Sally’s Ride to Space

Introduce your class to Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space. Besides being an inspiration to a generation of women, she has left an enduring legacy behind, even in her death. This resource is an easy group read with a short video. Go to Resource

Middle School Resource

4000 Years of Women in Science

This site features the place of women in scientific research throughout history. Perfect for research, this website offers biographies, photographs, and references. Go to Resource

High School Resource

STEMConnector Resource Example

netTrekker currently includes over 100 STEMConnector resources featuring  profiles of women leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. To locate the STEMConnector collection simply keyword search STEM and Women. Go to Resource

Looking for More STEM Resources?

Find more STEM resources in neTrekker by Browsing under Science, then STEM Education.

Use the Browse tab, choose Science, then choose STEM Education.

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