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Female STEM role models increase girls’ self confidence in science, positively impact their interest and connection to science, and increase girls’ consideration of STEM careers. Diverse female STEM role models extend that impact by specifically empowering girls of color. Children – particularly girls – begin to shape their identities as STEM capable or incapable as early as 2nd or 3rd grade, a time when the impact of STEM role models can help shape their interests and choices throughout their education.
Now more than even before, a student’s connection to a STEM role model can help to shape their identities and open their worlds beyond their current, challenging situations. Serving as a role model for elementary and middle school children can be challenging without structural support for the role model to ensure effective engagement. The key to effective engagement is creating a connection between the STEM professional and the student’s realm requires a clear, intentional communication that is effective at the students’ age level.
Join Wendy Wempe, Founder + Executive Director of STEM Generation for this practical webinar on how to effectively engage with elementary and middle school students as a STEM role model. STEM Generation is an innovative nonprofit that improve access to high-quality, early learning STEM opportunities for students from high-needs, low-resource schools. We’re leveling the STEM playing field for girls and students of color, with emphasis on low-income youth. Our approach is to empower teachers and STEM role models to inspire children to explore the science and engineering behind things in their everyday lives and share their discoveries during our STEM Generation Fair.