Youth Motivation and Interests in STEM

NSF pumps $1 million into NY schools sustainable energy pilot program

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.08 million to Solar One, a non-profit based in New York City that promotes green energy in education, and MOUSE, a national, non-profit organization that works with underserved youth to promote the use and study of technology, for implementation of the ITEST project, GreenTECH, that will be put into place in the school system.

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Program teaches girls engineering via apparel design

Smart Clothing, Smart Girls: Engineering via Apparel Design is a weeklong course designed and hosted by faculty, staff and students in Cornell’s Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) with collaborators at the University of Minnesota. As part of this ITEST project, girls, from 4-H programs in Livingston, Ontario and Wyoming counties and the Syracuse chapter of Girls Inc., participate in four modules: advanced materials, wearable electronics, design technology and the engineering design process.

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Lab school brings manufacturing technologies to middle-school classrooms

Based on the promising results of ITEST project The FabLab, the Commonwealth of Virginia provided seed funding to design a laboratory school for advanced manufacturing.  Buford Engineering Design Academy, a laboratory school for advanced manufacturing has recently launched. In conjunction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 30, National Science Foundation (NSF) leaders, UVa faculty and UVa and Buford students toured the site and saw the school's capabilities.

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Back to the land

ITEST project Seeding the Future is featured in this WCVB5 segment on its program that teaches high school youth how urban farming methods that utilize hydroponic technology.

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Boston teens grow green

As part of Boston College’s Lynch School of Education College Bound program, ITEST project Seeding the Future helps prepare high school students from Brighton High School, West Roxbury Academy and the Urban Science Academy in West Roxbury for college and beyond. Under the guidance of Mike Barnett, associate professor of Science Education and Technology at the Lynch School, an important focus of the program is to instill a love of science among the students, many of whom might otherwise shy away from it.

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Event aims to humanize science to lure girls

Co-sponsored by ITEST project GUTS y Girls, this year's Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Santa Fe conference, held at the Santa Fe Community College, drew teachers, parents, and girls from private, public, and home schools from around Northern New Mexico.  The girls participated in hands-on workshops on topics ranging from emergency medicine to computer science and biology. They also heard from New Mexico professional women about how they got their start in careers involving STEM-C.

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Teaching kids about complex systems is valuable

ITEST project GUTS y Girls is mentioned as part of a Santa Fe New Mexican article on the Santa Fe Institute and its efforts to increase children's interest in STEM.

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Audio: girls and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math

On the Santa Fe Radio Cafe, ITEST project GUTS y Girls manager Kathryn Ugoretz and GUTS y Girls student participants Sara Hartse and Celeste Hernandez describe some of the challenges of encouraging young women to pursue career paths in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Listen to their interview on the Santa Fe Radio Cafe (February 13, 2013).

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GUTS y Girls engages tomorrow’s women in science & math

GUTS y Girls is a three-year ITEST project designed to attract New Mexico girls to careers in STEM -- fields in which women are historically under-represented.  Once-a-month Saturday workshops in Santa Fe will offer girls the opportunity to meet women scientists and professionals, participate in hands-on projects, and learn about career options. Two-week summer workshops are being held in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces.

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Branching out: modeling topics in social science

ITEST project GUTS y Girls, in partnership with Arizona State University professor Dan Hruschka, has developed a new curriculum to engage students in understanding how computing and complex adaptive systems play an essential role in the social sciences. Geared towards the high school level, the curriculum has students explore questions and test their own assumptions using methods and data from the social sciences and computer modeling in NetLogo, a text-based computer programming language.

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