Youth Motivation and Interests in STEM

SRI International, TERC and Girls Inc. partner with AC Transit to inspire high school girls to create greener public transportation solutions

SRI International, Girls Incorporated of Alameda County (Girls Inc.), TERC, andAlameda - Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) announced a new, scalable community action project, "Green Riders: Innovative Transportation Systems." This project, which is part of the ITEST InnovaTE3 project, guides girls in developing real-world innovations for their own community and serves as a model for youth development programs that promote youth-led science and engineering projects.

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SENSE IT connects students to STEM in the real world

In celebration of the 2012 theme, Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning, EE Week is highlighting five organizations from around the country that are connecting STEM to the environment in unique and creative ways.  One of these projects is ITEST's own SENSE IT, highlighted for its flexible instructional modules that can be used in many educational contexts and for a range of youth.

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Growing, from berries to tech

Launched in 2007 by ETR Associates, a Scotts Valley-based nonprofit focused on health, education and social service issues, Watsonville TEC (also known as ITEST project Animando a Estudiantes con Technologia) has grown from a small program serving middle school girls (known as the ITEST Girl Game Company) to include video game programming classes for middle school boys, separate computer skills tutorials for fifth graders and for parents, and expanded to more schools.

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Students curate their own virtual museum space at the New York Hall Of Science

The Virtual Hall of Science has the potential to extend those lessons well beyond the New York Hall of Science’s brick-and-mortar walls and reach students all over the world.  Built by NYC middle and high schoolers over the course of two years, this ITEST project not only provides interactive installations to the general public, but also cultivated the teamwork, illustration, and programming skills of its builders.

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TEC program director applauded

The under-representation of Latinos in fields like computer science and engineering troubled Watsonville TEC director Jacob Martinez and led him into a career where he teaches technology to students as early as the fifth grade.  Watsonville TEC (also known as ITEST project Animando a Estudiantes con Technologia) is an after school program that will be in 14 Watsonville elementary and middle schools this year.

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Students consider energy future

At the five-day Energy for ME Summer Institute students and teachers from six middle schools are gaining skills by working with Maine Energy Education Program (MEEP) instructors data literacy skills, geographic information system (GIS) and ethnography educators. The skills they learn from this ITEST project will help them develop projects in their communities to lower energy costs. Progress will be monitored by analyzing electricity usage in four buildings in each of their communities using eMonitors.

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'Savvy' tech students coming from Watsonville schools

Watsonville High junior Stephanie Barraza won a national award for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women and Information Technology in December. Barraza was one of 35 young women selected for the honor from more than 1,110 applicants, and she is just the next in a long line of Watsonville TEC graduates to garner accolades.

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The Invention Factory: Student Inventions Aid Individuals with Disabilities

The Invention Factory is a nontraditional youth-based, after-school program in Honolulu that teaches information technology and mechanics to teenagers through interactive, hands-on projects that improve human computer interaction for individuals with disabilities. 

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Planting the Seeds for a Diverse U.S. STEM Pipeline: A Compendium of Best Practice K-12 STEM Education Programs

The Girl Game Company, an ITEST program, was featured among 38 best practice programs in the 2010 edition of the Bayer Corporation's Planting the Seeds for a Diverse US STEM Pipeline:  A Compendium of Best Practice K-12 STEM Education Programs. 

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Getting with the program

Watsonville High School sophomore Stephanie Barraza has won the prestigious Bay Area Award for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women & Information Technology for her work with Watsonville TEC, also known as ITEST project Animando a Estudiantes con Technologia.

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