Million Women Mentors (MWM) supports the engagement of 1 million science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. MWM is an initiative of STEMconnector in collaboration with 60-plus partners reaching more than 30 million girls and women, 45-plus corporate sponsors, and 35-plus state leadership teams. MWM’s website provides a wealth of freely downloadable resources to assist those interested in becoming STEM mentors, including Elements of Effective Practices for Mentors, How to Build an Effective Mentoring Program, and The Wisdom of Age – Handbook for Mentors.
A new interactive national report shows how states are performing based on 10 STEM benchmarks. The STEM Opportunity Index, developed by the National Math and Science Initiative, SRI International, and 100Kin10, looks at more than 100 public datasets and puts the results into an interactive map that compares how states are doing across 10 conditions, practices, and outcomes demonstrating STEM success rates.
The FabFems directory is a national database of women inSTEM professions who are inspiring role models for young women and girls. The directory is accessible to young women, programs serving girls, and other organizations working to increase career awareness and interest in STEM.
In 2017 philanthropists, state leaders, and curriculum writers formed OpenSciEd to get materials to teachers implementing the Next Generation Science Standards, which emphasize hands-on projects and integrate several scientific disciplines.