STEAM Newsletter – #GirlsLeadSTEM
October is #GirlsLeadSTEM month! Launched in June 2022, #GirlsLeadSTEM is a national public awareness campaign to elevate the diverse voices of young women and girls in STEM, especially those who are marginalized. Through a collective voice, #GirlsLeadSTEM will celebrate the girls who lead their STEM journeys and raise their voices to inspire and share their perspectives on what’s needed to close the gaps in STEM.
Join us in the celebration by sharing quotes and stories that highlight youth voices on social media using the hashtag #GirlsLeadSTEM!
Resources for #GirlsLeadSTEM Month:
CAN presented and hosted a pre-conference at the 2022 STEAM Symposium in Anaheim, CA! Thank you to everyone who was able to join us!
If you weren’t able to make it to the 2022 STEAM Symposium, no problem! Explore workshop descriptions and resources from the sessions we hosted below:
Looking for a way to implement STEM into your summer program? Explore Techbridge Girls ChangeMakers program! ChangeMakers engages youth in STEM through the contributions of BIPOC women who have used STEAM as a tool to positive impact systems, communities, and their personal lives.
This webinar, hosted by the National Girl Collaborative Project, will dive into research and best practices related to addressing STEM stereotypes with young children beginning in preschool. Researchers and educators will share strategies and resources for discussing and addressing STEM stereotypes with young children.
Join the Afterschool Alliance, NASA, and Million Girls Moonshot for a virtual Lights On Afterschool event, featuring a pre-recorded interaction at the International Space Station with astronaut Jessica Watkins and actress Keke Palmer. During the event, scientists and engineers will answer your questions about all things NASA missions and careers!
Do you know a student who’s got perseverance? A student who’s shown nothing can get in the way of their educational goals?
NASA’s “You’ve Got Perseverance!” award opportunity invites U.S. teachers, educators, and community members to nominate 6th-12th grade students who’ve shown perseverance in their academic pursuits. Awardees get a message directly from Mars and a chance to talk to the rover team.
The Flight Crew is a group of youth advocates promoting the value of out-of-school STEM learning and equity in STEM for young people across the nation. The 2023 Flight Crew will participate in eight months of youth development and public speaking training to share:
The IF/THEN® Collection is the largest free resource of its kind dedicated to increasing access to authentic and relatable images of real women in STEM. Explore the ambassadors being highlighted for World Space Week and World Architecture Day!
World Space Week:
World Space Week was earlier this month (October 4-10), but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate all month long! Explore these space-related resources you can implement into your program:
- NGCP Archived Webinar: Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Free Resources – In this webinar, presenters provide an overview of the Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA program and free resources, including a range of computer-based and paper-based activities, print products, and a Program Cookbook for facilitators.
The Mizzen By Mott app delivers inspiring and engaging activities that spark learning in young people. Supported by the Mott Foundation, Mizzen is available at no cost to afterschool professionals! Encourage partners to download the Mizzen By Mott app to access STEM activities at your finger-touch!
Featured Activities & Playlists
- Playlist: STEM Activities for K-5th Grade in Small Groups – This playlist is a great mix of engineering and science activities that are easy and fun for small groups of students.
- Playlist: Science Notebooks for 3rd – 12th Grade – Keeping a notebook can help your students think and act like scientists and engineers. Sample these easy-to-implement strategies and lessons to bring science notebooking into your program.
- Module: S.INQ Up Earth and Space for 6-8th Grade – Earth and Space is an inquiry and exploration-based curriculum that uses hands-on activities focused on the relationships between the earth, the solar system, and human impacts on our global environment.