Broadening the Participation of Women in STEM
March is Women's History Month, an excellent time to reflect on women's contributions to the sciences, and to examine the ongoing work of ITEST projects to increase the participation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Below is a collection of the events, publications, instruments and materials developed by ITEST projects and the STELAR Center as they engage with and inspire girls to pursue STEM education and career opportunities.
Engineer Your Life
The result of extensive research into the reasons girls are less interested in engineering than boys, Engineer Your Life shows high school girls and adults in their lives how varied and creative engineering can be and what a different engineers make in the lives of others.
Motivation and Culturally Responsive Technology for COMPUGIRLS
Insights from the COMPUGIRLS project have provided significant evidence that lack of motivation is a misrepresentation of our girls’ lived experience.
Pre-College Annual Self-Efficacy Survey
LAESE uses a number of Likert scale items to identify longitudinal changes in the self-efficacy of undergraduate students studying engineering. LAESE can be used with any students studying engineering. A high school instrument, based on LAESE, was developed and tested by the Female Recruits Explore Engineering (FREE) Project.
The link provides access to the LAESE, information about the LAESE, and reviews on this instrument.
STELAR Webinar: Stories from ITEST - Culturally Competent Projects that Inspire Young People to Pursue STEM Careers (JOST Special Issue)
On February 28, STELAR hosted authors of three papers featured in our recent ITEST special issue published in the Journal of Science Education and Technology (JOST).
Dragons, Ladybugs, and Softballs: Girls’ STEM Engagement with Human-Centered Robotics
Early experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are important for getting youth interested in STEM fields, particularly for girls. Here, we explore how an after-school robotics club can provide informal STEM experiences that inspire students to engage with STEM in the future. Human-centered robotics, with its emphasis on the social aspects of science and technology, may be especially important for bringing girls into the STEM pipeline. Using a problem-based approach, we designed two robotics challenges.
Women in STEM video collection
SciGirls Stories: Real Women, Real Jobs
Inspiring real-life stories for all ages featuring Minnesota women in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). These are the innovators, problem-solvers and dreamers who live right next door, passionate about their work, hobbies, families and helping to make the world a better place. They motivate girls to pursue all kinds of interests and career paths.
Girls and Science: A Training Module on Motivating Girls to Embark on Science and Technology Careers
Social and economic development of a country is closely linked to the educational level of its female population. As women in the developing world are generally under-represented in science and technology, this training module aims to address the inherent gender disparities in this field, with a specific focus on Africa. This training manual developed and distributed by UNESCO is written to teach educators about gender disparities in science. Six units provide training, career guidance information, and activities.
Gender Indicators in Science, Engineering and Technology
This Toolkit for Gender Indicators in Engineering, Science and Technology, designed for guidance in collecting sex-disaggregated data in scientific and technological activities, aims at helping decision-makers, researchers, and practitioners understand gender issues better and formulate successful policy and programming. It intends to promote a common approach in the systematic collection of sex-disaggregated data in science and technology.