The Hewitt School sixth graders in this video have been challenged to apply their knowledge of potential and kinetic energy in constructing a “Rube Goldberg” machine that will use a series of mechanical steps to ring a bell. And while the assignment is pretty lo-tech, that really doesn’t matter. Research tells us that girls learn STEM best when they are allowed to collaborate and tinker and, as you can see, the excitement and engagement is definitely palpable.
Girls Bridging Communities: project based, collaborative, and connected learning for girls.
Girls Bridging Communities (GBC) summer camp took place the last two weeks of July at The Ellis School. Founded by Ellis Alumni Chelsea Canedy, 13′ and co-sponsored by The Ellis School, GBC engages middle school girls from across the Pittsburgh region to explore robotics, maker education and collaboration/leadership skills. Through peer mentoring, high school student […]
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Menlo’s Bridge to Engineering, Science, and Technology
Secondary school enrollments in computer science, engineering, and physics are notoriously skewed toward boys. But not at Menlo School, thanks in large measure to M-BEST: Menlo’s Bridge to Engineering, Science, and Technology. Approximately 40% of Menlo girls participate in this intensive program in which students research a topic each month and build curricula for day-long […]
Creating Opportunities for Girls in Computer Science
In 2012-2013, the Online School for Girls prepared 14 girls to take the AP® Computer Science exam — more girls than were prepared by schools in 18 different states: New Hampshire, Iowa, Delaware, Rhode Island, Idaho, New Mexico, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, Nevada, Vermont, Kansas, Louisiana, Alaska, North Dakota, Montana, Mississippi, and Wyoming (according to […]
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