Funded by the International Space Station National Lab, SciGirls in Space integrates space-themed role-model videos and gender equitable space-science-aligned activities for use in outreach programs. Among the resources for teachers is a gender-equity guide with six strategies on how to engage girls in STEM. The guide outlines SciGirls’ educational approach, rooted in what research has revealed engages girls in STEM. Teachers are encouraged to introduce one or two of these strategies each time they do an activity and discover what works best for their group: (1) Connect STEM experiences to girls’ lives; (2) support girls as they investigate questions and solve problems using STEM practices; (3) empower girls to embrace struggles, overcome challenges, and increase self-confidence in STEM; (4) encourage girls to identify and challenge STEM stereotypes; (5) emphasize that STEM is collaborative, social, and community oriented; (6) provide opportunities for girls to interact with and learn from diverse STEM role models. The strategies have also been proven to work with all learners.
The science-oriented National Children’s Museum in Washington, DC, has started STEAM Daydream, a monthly podcast in which curious children interview STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) innovators from across the country for answers to their burning questions.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame has transformed its summer STEM camp, Camp Invention, into a new at-home program called Camp Invention Connect. The program balances active, independent hands-on exploration with opportunities for socialization from home.