Sparking an Interest in Future Female Engineers and Programmers!
My students need Lilypad ardruino microcontollers and materials to participate in an outreach workshop planned to introduce female middle school students to engineering and programming; planned in recognition of "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day."
Our school is a diverse urban middle-high school that serves 560 amazing, young scholars from throughout Charleston County, SC. We provide a rigorous STEM-focused, college prep curriculum that offers project-based learning that brings math and science to life through hands-on, real world based curriculum.
While many of our students enroll at the school reading and performing math below grade level, through hard work, determination and high academic expectations, they are able to graduate on time and ready for college.
Over 50% of our students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch.
At our school we focus on high academic standards and meeting the needs of ALL of our students. To achieve these goals, we seeks ways to provide our students with creative, innovative, engaging and meaningful learning experiences. As we work to prepare our students to be career and college ready, we strive to do so in a way that students don't have to wonder "why do I have to learn this." It's not about memorizing for a test; it's about inspiring, encouraging and motivating our students to seek learning that is driven by their own curiosity.
The aim of this project is to make possible a hands-on workshop, exploring circuit design and programming, designed to excite young female students and increase their interested in STEM-related subjects. A group of high school engineering and computer science students will lead the project and instruction during the workshop. By sharing their experiences and by serving as examples to younger students, this project aims to address the need to recruit more females to consider STEM related careers and to help increase female students' confidence in math and science.
At our school only 10% of high school Computer Science and Engineering students are female.
It is important that we create opportunities to expose our female students to the exciting opportunities available in the Engineering and Computer Science fields. "Women remain underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce, although to a lesser degree than in the past, with the greatest disparities occurring in engineering, computer science, and the physical sciences. Further, females earned 57.3% of bachelor’s degrees but receive far fewer in computer sciences (17.9%) and engineering (19.3%)." (NSF, Science & Engineering Indicators, 2016).
This project will create a workshop opportunity for middle school female students to learn circuit theory, Ohm's law and programming using the Lilypad arduino compatible microcontroller. A group of female high school students will lead the instruction and workshop instruction as the middle school students design and create a wearable circuit that they program. The project is designed to introduce students to engineering and computer science concepts while utilizing creativity and problem solving to create an original circuit piece takeaway.
Students and parents will learn about Engineering and Computer Science career opportunities from STEM professionals. This event is planned in recognition of "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day."
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