STEAM Newsletter – Flying High with Innovation!
May 16, 2023

STEAM Newsletter
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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month)! This year’s theme for AAPI Heritage Month is Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity. The Million Girls Moonshot and all of its partners will be celebrating the successes of innovative AAPI computer scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals.

Explore some of the amazing work that has been contributed to the field of STEM by exploring this month’s IF/THEN ambassadors down below!

If you would like to learn more about the Million Girls Moonshot and their initiatives, you can visit their website.

In This Newsletter:

2024 STEAM Symposium flyer stating dates February 9-10, 2024 in Long Beach

STEAM Symposium Registration is Now Open!
February 9-10, 2024

The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, in collaboration with the California Department of Education and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, are pleased to invite STEAM enthusiasts to attend the 11th annual California STEAM Symposium. The symposium will feature breakout and keynote sessions that will focus on nurturing student agency, identity, and inclusion and strengthening the educator workforce, emphasizing the importance of promoting equity in STEAM education.

  • Date:  February 9-10, 2024
  • Location:  Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center

Register By May 17th To Get The Special Reg Launch Rate!

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ACRES Training Cohort: Facilitating Science Practices
Wednesdays: 05/31/2023, 06/14/2023, 06/28/2023 12:30-2:30 PM PST

How can we make sure that our ‘hands on’ science experiences for youth are also ‘minds on?’ In this module, participants learn how to support youth as they engage in science practices to learn science ideas, including planning and conducting investigations around testable questions. They’ll talk about the similarities and differences between questioning in science versus questioning in engineering contexts.


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Brokering Youth Pathways: A Toolkit for Connecting Youth to Future Opportunity
STEM Transitions, Handoffs, and Coordination

Hive Research Network has published a toolkit entitled: Brokering Youth Pathways: A Toolkit for Connecting Youth to Future Opportunity. This toolkit shares ways in which various out-of-school educators and professionals have approached the challenge of brokering. We provide a framework, practice briefs and reports that focus on a particular issue or challenge and provide concrete examples, as well as illustrate how our partners worked through designing new brokering routines in partnership with our research team.

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Smithsonian Science for Makerspaces
Engineering Mindset

Smithsonian Science for Makerspaces – This series of free engineering design challenges engage youth in emerging technologies through hands-on learning. Inspired by Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, these activities bridge formal science education and the makerspace movement by helping educators and teachers engage with digital and physical technologies within the context of STEAM by asking them to make something new.

State of Girls and Women in STEM graphic. Banner says girls' and young women's achievement in mathematics is on par with that of boys and young men.

State of Girls and Women in STEM
Equity & Inclusion

State of Girls and Women in STEM – This updated NGCP resource presents a high-level summary of the most compelling statistics and research on the state of girls and women in STEM, focused on K-12 Education, Higher Education, and the STEM Workforce. The report highlights the impacts of intersectional inequalities, as Latina, Black, and Indigenous women represent less than 10% of the STEM workforce.

Beaver in water with text that says teaching about climate change water, trees, and wildlife with logos of Project Wet,  Project Learning,  and Project Wild.

Activity Playlist

Looking for a sequence of activities you can implement in your afterschool program today? Say goodbye to googling or searching on Pinterest. Use the following activities in sequence to support youth in building an engineering mindset. 

  • Environmental Science Playlist

    • Activities: A list of dozens of activities on climate change with descriptions, age level, everything you need to know.
    • Role Models: List of 13 inspiring examples of young environmentalists making a difference

Grow Your Inventor’s Toolbox
Lemelson-MIT's Four Webinars

Get ready to pump up your inventor’s toolbox with Lemelson-MIT’s four webinars! These webinars featured SolidWorks, On Shape, and Slyngshot, as they shared their knowledge on sustainability, 3D modeling, and entrepreneurship. 

If you’re an inventor looking to up your game, check out their resource week page to see the full recordings as well as other valuable resources available!

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Mentors Matter!
Recruit STEM Experts as Volunteers

Less than 50% of high school girls know a woman in a STEM career. Let’s change that – recruit STEM professionals to support the youth you serve today!

The Moonshot helps to connect STEM experts with OST programs! Share your program’s volunteer opportunities for STEM experts to work with your youth today! Register here to find role models and mentors in STEM.