STEAM Newsletter – Taking Flight Into Summer
May 20, 2021
This month, the Million Girls Moonshot will focus on tools and resources for Networks, programs, and partners as they plan for and implement summer 2021. As programs slowly head back to hybrid and in-person programming, this is an opportunity to reintroduce engineering mindset, role models, and reach out to families.
Check out the latest promising practices and PD opportunities MGM has to share this month:
Article: Incorporating the Stories of Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ Scientists Into the Physics Classroom
NSTA shares about the contributions of women, people of color, and other diverse scientists to the field of Physics. Includes a link to lesson plans for lesson plans that could be adapted for K9-12.
Role Model Profile Video: Dr. Victoria Hermann
These assets feature IF/THEN Ambassador and climate scientist, Dr. Victoria Herrmann.
In this research-to-practice webinar, participants learned about up-to-date research regarding gender equity in STEM and how it impacts girls and women learning and working in STEM. They also engaged in conversation around strategies and resources for continued progress in supporting girls and women in STEM.
- Student Activity: Toxic Popcorn Design Challenge – This lesson introduces youth to the engineering design process as youth work in teams to design both a product and process to safely remove “toxic” popcorn and save the city.
- Student Activity: Engineering a Flotation Device – Youth use the engineering design process to design a device that uses simple chemical reactions to create a floatable device for a cell phone.
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