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11790Re: [WWWEDU] Motivation for middle and high school girls-attracted-to-physics

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  • Daniel Bassill
    Sep 16, 2013
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      Thanks for sharing the article. What this means is if industries that have women working in STEM field encourage their employees to become volunteer mentors and tutors in youth serving organizations where they might connect with kids as early as elementary school and stay connected through high school, they encourage the role modeling and contact frequency that is needed to encourage more girls to aspire to tech careers.

      In Chicago I maintain a list of nearly 200 non-school youth serving organizations who could be sites with STEM volunteer involvement.  If other cities have similar databases then the next step would be do develop on-going marketing and story telling that encouraged STEM volunteers to get involved, and stay involved. Using on-line forums volunteers could share ideas and support each other so more might stay involved longer. Here's the Chicago list.


      If you're in Chicago and interested in innovating ways to encourage more volunteer involvement from STEM workers in these programs, let's connect.

      Daniel F. Bassill
      Tutor/Mentor Connection
      Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC

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      Subject: [WWWEDU] Motivation for middle and high school girls-attracted-to-physics

      recent research study 
      http://www.npr.org/ girls-attracted-to-physics
      "What we found is that in communities that had a higher percentage of women
      in the labor force who are working in science, technology, engineering and
      math, that in those schools, girls were as likely as boys to take physics,
      or even more likely... Teenage girls growing up in communities where women
      are better represented in tech are more likely to see women commenting on
      tech issues in public forums and in school discussions... By contrast,
      Riegle-Crumb said, girls growing up in communities where most working women
      are in jobs traditionally held by women such as child care or nursing might
      not see the possibilities that exist."
      Karen Ellis
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