Girls in STEM

Women's History Month, Part 2

We know from educational research that all students develop learning style preferences. SciGirls is a PBS show that features bright, curious middle school girls solving everyday problems using science and engineering. The producers have created a list of proven strategies for engaging girls in STEM called The SciGirls Seven. NASA Wavelength’s search capabilities enable you to select educational resources that employ instructional strategies demonstrated to motivate girls. Some of these instructional strategies include hands-on learning, cooperative learning, problem-based learning, and open inquiry.

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Created 2014.03.20

Women’s History Month, Part 1

Women’s History Month is a great time to encourage girls to consider careers in STEM. Seeing women who work in science and engineering inspires and motivates girls because it's easier for them to identify with female role models who have interests and backgrounds similar to their own. However, getting girls to consider STEM careers needs to overcome not only gender stereotypes they share about scientists and engineers, but also the social pressure they face in middle and high school. They need to see cool, smart women in STEM jobs in order to visualize themselves in these careers.

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Created 2014.03.13
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