Cultural Relevance, Equity, and Diversity

Gender and Science Digital Library (GSDL)

The Gender & Science Digital Library (GSDL) is a cutting-edge, collaborative project between the Gender & Diversities Institute at Education Development Center, Inc (EDC) and the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) at Ohio State University. It is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing

Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing examines the gender gap in computer science. Women, by and large, are underrepresented in all segments of information technology, from enrollment in courses in high schools and colleges to the numerous employment opportunities associated with the discipline. Authors Jane Margolis and Allan Fisher detail the findings of over 100 interviews with computer science students at Carnegie Mellon University.

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ASU program fosters interest for women, minorities

The National Science Foundation recently gave Tirupalavanam Ganesh, assistant dean for information systems at ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton College of Education, a $1 million grant to pilot the ITEST Learning through Engineering Design and Practice project at two junior high schools in the Mesa Unified School District.  Ganesh and his team hope the students will get hooked on technology by using it in innovative and socially relevant ways, he said. Their activities will include working with desert habitats, urban heat islands, and humans settling on Mars.

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Contest helps boost math, science skills

The Global Challenge, a Vermont-based contest and ITEST project aimed at improving American high school students' math and science skills, brings together 58 teams of American students coupled with students from China, India, and Japan to tackle technological solutions to global warming during the school year. Teams chat online, divide jobs based on skill, consult with advisers, and in the final grueling weeks, write a professional business plan.

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Congratulations to Sarita Saju: student in ITEST-Nano program wins science award 

Sarita Saju, student from George Washington High School involved in the ITEST-Nano program (also known as Nanotechnology and Bioengineering in Philadelphia Public Schools), recently received top awards at science fairs for her nanotechnology project, titled "Polymer-Wrapped Carbon Nanotubes as Electrode Materials for Supercapacitors." Her project was based on work during her internship with expert scientists from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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World’s busiest Web site headquarters hosts, mentors PV youth

ITEST project the Girl Game Company took its 40 middle school girl participants on a half-day field trip to visit Google headquarters.  The girls were able to interact with elite computer engineers, check out what it's like to work in a corporate environment, and present their software creations to Google engineers.  Field trips and partnerships like this are important in helping youth understand the real-world application of the skills they cultivate in programs like the Girl Game Company.

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Exploratorium sponsors tech outreach program

The ITEST X-Tech program's goal is to foster critical thinking among its participants.  Drawing from local, underserved populations, this program requires its participants to commit for two years, including summers--90% of participants stick with it.

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WHS girls earn national recognition for their tech knowledge

Watsonville High School freshmen Idzel Cano and Brianna Flores are students participating in “Tech Teach,” part of Watsonville TEC (also known as ITEST project Animando a Estudiantes con Technologia), as high school instructors who teach middle school students computer operation and webpage design.  Years prior, as middle school students at Lakeview Elementary, Cano and Flores were part of an after school program called the Girl Game Company, in which they learned the basics of video game design.

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Students to launch weather balloons in northwestern Minnesota

As part of ITEST project Reach for the Sky, teams of 4th through 8th grade students are to launch eight spacecraft to the edge of outer space (“near-space" — the upper reaches of the atmosphere, above 80,000 feet). In about 30 experiments, the students will test science theories and apply hands-on science and math to their world. 

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Three county girls recognized for technology achievements: national award aims to encourage tech-saavy women

Watsonville High School freshmen Idzel Cano, 14, and Brianna Flores, 14, are among 25 talented Bay Area girls who will be honored by the National Center for Women and Information with an award for aspirations in computing Sunday at the Computer History Museum in San Jose.  Cano and Flores learned game design while middle-schoolers through the Girl Game Company, an after-school ITEST project sponsored by Scotts Valley-based ETR Associates in Watsonville.

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