Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thank You Letter

Dear Ms. Parmelee, Ms. Stern and Ms. Moore

Your presentation was excellent!  I liked how you engaged the whole audience in the discussion.  Each and every one of us had the opportunity to engage in the conversation about motivating girls into STEM fields.  Although the statistics has improved regarding girls in STEM programs, there is a lot of work to be done.

During the presentation, we discussed the rise in STEM related fields and the unequal access to STEM related classes related to STEM.  There are increases of girls interest in STEM related fields however; there is not a similar rise in girls entering STEM fields.   The disconnect may be due to adults discouraging girls into these fields because of the gender biased that exists.

There was a lot of discussion during the presentation on ways to motivate girls who excel in math and science to pursue these types of careers.  Creating after school programs and informing parents about the opportunities and getting the community involved in the discussion were some of the great ideas during the discussion.  Also, we discussed the need to present good role models for girls who are interested.

I would love to continue this conversation and it was a pleasure meeting with you to discuss this important topic. Thank you very much.

unequal access to challenging classes in math and science as well as

 ways to engage girls into stem including creating after school programs, engaging families, and providing excellent role models.  We also discussed the increase in STEM related fields and the need for



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Title: Hands On Learning
Presenter:Helaine Hager

Participants in this workshop will create models of Earth systems that explain ocean currents and other Density driven earth processes.  In this presentation, AMS (American Meteorological Society) pressure blocks are used to model how pressure affects ocean currents, demonstrating that science concepts can be learned through activity that can effectively engage different learning styles.

Culturally responsive

Assumptions in understanding
If money was no option what resources would you use
Transient population
Working in labs
no prerequisites
lack of understanding prior to entering the class

STEM literacy

Careers are on the rise in STEM fields

Unequal access to challenging classes

Exploring the Landscape: Women and Girls in STEM

Positive aspects and challenges

Girls and Boys in Math and Science

Girl scout research Institute
Girls are really confident in their abilities

Interested but do not choose career paths that are not STEM related

girls are interested in STEM jobs

culture of the boys clubs

Address real an dpercei ed barriers and steotypes about gender, race, and disability with yoiur students
Engage familes and the community in your students learning experience
provide a range of STEm role models for your students.
Define STEM broadly
Build your students’ confidence by recognizing the ways in which they practice STEM every day
develop an environmnett in which everyone’s voice and ideas are respected.

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