CAN STEAM Newsletter – Diverse Role Models and Mentors
February 25, 2021
Welcome to CAN’s first monthly STEAM newsletter! We will be sharing content from the Million Girls Moonshot and other STEAM initiatives that support STEAM in our Expanded Learning programs.
CAN is excited to be a part of the Million Girls Moonshot initiative. The initiative is a collective impact initiative designed to increase diversity and equity in STEM and will help close the persistent gender gap in STEM fields by engaging 1 million girls across the United States in STEM pursuits through high-quality, innovative afterschool learning opportunities over the next five years.
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One of the most effective ways to encourage youth to persist in STEM is to introduce them to diverse role models and mentors. Exposure to diverse STEM role models with whom they are able to relate, by gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, location, etc. can broaden youth, especially girls’, perceptions of STEM careers and dispel stereotypes about who “belongs” and does STEM.
This month, the Million Girls Moonshot will focus on diverse role models and mentors as a strategy to strengthen equity and inclusion in STEM programs. We will dive deep into how Networks can support programs to: 1) Plan for role models in afterschool STEM, 2) Connect with role models locally and nationally, and 3) Train role models to work with youth in afterschool.
In this blog, Dr. Linda Kekelis, Founder of Techbridge Girls, describes five ideas for mentors to help youth build social capital for thriving futures. From making social capital as important as career guidance to connecting youth with other mentoring opportunities, Dr. Kekelis provides thoughtful ways to decrease the divide between youth and resourced networks.
Designed by Techbridge Girls in collaboration with the National Girls Collaborative Project, this guide is designed to help Networks and programs understand why role models are critical to closing the gender gap in STEM. This “recipe for success” describes how programs can: incorporate role models into STEM programs, find role models, and train role models to work with youth.
Encourage girls and non-binary students you know to get their start in tech by applying to Girls Who Code’s Virtual Summer Immersion Program(SIP)!
During this FREE, 2-week virtual program, current 9th – 11th grade girls and non-binary students will learn the computer science skills they need to make an impact, get an inside look into the tech field, and join a supportive, lifelong sisterhood — all while being virtually hosted by influential companies like Twitter, AT&T, Bank of America, Walmart, and more.
Check out the latest promising practices and PD opportunities MGM has to share this month:
In this podcast, educators, CEOs, and students discuss why STEM role models from all walks of life are essential for young peoples’ persistence and success in STEM.
Student Activities: Girlstart STEM at Home was created by Girlstart to empower families and communities in STEM. Find free Girlstart curriculum, STEM resources, effective messaging tips, collaboration opportunities. Join the Girlstart newsletter and receive updated information on other online resources.
Mizzen By Mott inspires, engages and sparks learning in young people. Supported by the Mott Foundation, Mizzen is available at no cost to afterschool professionals! Please be sure to download the Mizzen By Mott app to access the activities below.
- Mizzen – Design a Crew Module
- Mizzen – Build An Extension Arm
- Mizzen – Build Your Own Roller Coaster