STEM Role Models Matter: Engaging Girls (and All Kids) in STEM through Role Model Interactions

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STEM professionals are creative problem solvers essential to our health, happiness and safety and are important role models who create opportunities for girls (and all students) to envision careers in STEM. Prepare organization and business leaders, educators, STEM professionals and volunteers to increase and improve the quality of STEM outreach and education.  Explore how to describe a STEM career and lead hands-on activities in a way that excites kids, college students, and the public about STEM. Learn the “Recipe for Role Model Success” and fabulous in-person and online resources to engage as a STEM role model in classrooms, after school programs and beyond.

With a goal to increase girls’ interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), resources were created to train STEM professionals to interact with girls in a meaningful and impactful way.

Role models play a critical role in creating opportunities for girls to envision a career in STEM. The Role Models Matter training is an opportunity to prepare organization leaders, educators, volunteer trainers in how to increase and improve the quality of your organization’s outreach to girls in STEM.  During the training, you will:

  • Learn what elements contribute to an effective role model visit
  • Practice how to integrate STEM careers through ice breakers, introductions, career showcases and hands-on activities
  • Hear tips and techniques to engage girls in meaningful discussions  

The Role Models Matter training can be added to any Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP) STEM Outreach Forum or hosted as a stand-alone workshop. This workshop can be customized to be 1 or 2 hours in length. It is a great addition to the SciGirls Educator Training.

Additional Role Model resources can be found on the Techbridge website.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Governor’s Commission for Women, TxGCP is spreading Role Models Matter across the state. TxGCP is also partnering with Skillpoint Alliance,Central Texas Discover Engineering and the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering to disseminate the curriculum widely. To schedule a training in your area or to learn about partnership opportunities, please contact Tricia Berry at stem@txgcp.org.

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