Role Models Matter

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The Role Models Matter Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a collaborative effort between Techbridge, the Society of Women Engineers, the National Girls Collaborative Project and Girl Scout Councils to bring resources to role models and girl serving organizations.   

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.