1) Make coding as a creative and collaborative activity
One of the biggest successes in recruiting girls to STEM occurred with the increase of girls taking an AP Computer Science exam. This was due largely to a new reimagined computer science class called AP Computer Science Principles, which views computing through a creative and collaborative lens.2) Teach computational thinking
3) Add Real-World Problem-Solving
...a new report developed by MIDA Learning Technologies, which we researchers worked on, shows that students engaged in PBL understand concepts more deeply than those receiving traditional instruction, resulting in improved problem solving skills.
Past research reviewed in the report also suggests that PBL students perform better on a wide range of assessments including standardized testing. The full report includes quantitative and qualitative evaluations of students’ problem-solving abilities after implementation of a pre-built, project-based STEM curriculum in science class. (via eSchoolNews)Again, it seems obvious that these three strategies would work with girls...and, well, guys like me. In the meantime, check out the 100 STEM Women Project:
If you would like to be a part of the 1000 STEM Women Project, you can add a video in 2 ways:
1) Via Flipgrid app ON YOUR PHONEa) Download the Flipgrid app on your phone (from either Google Play or Apple App Store)b) When you open the app, type in "1000STEMWomen" as the "grid code" (no spaces)c) Watch/read the promptd) Click "1000 Stem Women" and then click "+ Add your response"
2) Via Flipgrid ON A LAPTOP (no app/software needed, but must have a webcam)a) Click www.flipgrid.com/7bad90b) Watch/read the promptc) Click big green "+" to add your response
WHAT DOES GETTING INVOLVED DO FOR ME (AS A PARTICIPANT)?Other than helping to inspire future generations of scientists, it is a really EASY way to get involved in some science communication (#Scicomm) and some outreach to the general public about science!
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