The Women@NASA have created a virtual mentoring programthat uses Skype or Google Chat to pair NASA mentors with students in grades 5–8 anywhere in the country. The program gives young students the opportunity to interact and learn from real engineers, scientists, and technologists, who explore the many fields that contribute to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Options for topics in the five-week program appear online. This video of a NASA GIRL building a model rocket with her family inspires the kind of joy STEM can stimulate. The Women@NASA hope that their stories will inspire girls everywhere to reach for the stars and explore the myriad of opportunities available to them through pursuing careers in STEM.
The Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education at the University of California, Davis has launched RoboBlockly, a web-based robotsimulation that uses a simple puzzle-piece interface to program virtual Linkbot and LEGO robots.
Aspire to Inspire(a2i) is a NASA program that encourages young students, particularly girls, to learn about early career scientists and engineers at NASA by watching short films and using social media to connect with other females in the STEM field.
The Paradigm Challenge is intended to inspire youth to use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills, as well as kindness, creativity, and collaboration to make a difference. Conceived by Project Paradigm in collaboration with the American Red Cross, the challenge encourages youth aged 4–18 to generate new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world.