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An Excellent website to encourage HS Girls to study Engineering

An Excellent website to encourage HS Girls to study Engineering

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Dear Colleagues, I am developing a curriculum for HS STEM in North Carolina and found this excellent link (to a nationwide group) to encourage teenage girls to study Engineering: http://www.engineeryourlife.org/cms/inspiringwomen.aspx It has real-life young women engineers telling their stories of how they got to pursue and start careers in the 'New' Engineering... which is now a much more inter-disciplinary interactive profession. The website has portrait and work-site photos, brief biographies, and real engineering projects that they have accomplished worldwide...mentioning specific companies and country locations. And these young women are 'down-to-earth'--could be your neighbor or your neighbor's daughter-- who are inspirational people to learn about... Simply put: this is a profound website... Sincerely, Allen Berg

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Susan C's picture

Allen,
Thanks for sharing the EngineerYourLife web site. There is a student in my high school math class who is an amazing problem solver but claims "I hate math!" She is the student who thinks outside the box and consistently suggests creative solutions. I have been encouraging her to consider studying engineering in college. She imagines engineers sitting around solving math equations, and UGH! can not imagine doing that. I plan on showing her this web page tomorrow. Perhaps if she sees some real engineers in action and can read about what studying engineering is like, she will decide to give it a try. We'll see!

Do you have any other resources I could suggest to her?

Susan

Allen Berg's picture
Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Dear Susan,

Yes, in my continuing STEM research online, I recently came across
this wonderful FUN Real Girls (with great photo portraits) Studying Information Technology and Computer Careers,
sponsored by PBS Boston: WGBH, and the National Science Foundation...

www.dotdiva.org
Promoting Computer and Information Technology Careers for Girls and Young Women

****Sponsored by WGBH Boston, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Educational TV, and
****Sponsored by National Center for Women and Information Technology

Let me know what your student thinks about these suggestions, and if you think that she wants more examples of career options to explore
and college choice guidance etc. let me know... I have various professional women contacts who might be able to offer her some Mentoring opportunities and/or "Job Shadowing" or Apprenticeship or Internship possibilities....

The other question I would ask you to consider is if there are any other peer friendship possibilites with other talented and creative girls in your school (or town/city etc.) that perhaps could join a club
or community center etc. to create some social network of supportive friends with similar interests or talents etc.

Because if she feels "too alone" that is not good...
Groups and clubs etc. can be vital personal and community connections of encouragement and support...

They were for me, when I was a teenager...

One student-at-a-time, can change a Life...

Sincerely,

Allen Berg

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Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Your Quote:

Allen,
... amazing problem solver but claims "I hate math!" She is the student who thinks outside the box and consistently suggests creative solutions. ... She imagines engineers sitting around solving math equations, and UGH! can not imagine doing that."

(Dear Susan,
unfortunately your talented student is mostly correct about this!!!
Most Math and Engineering Courses are "Gag me with a Spoon! UGH! ;->
But things are changing one-professor-at-a-time...
And I am One of Those Professors at-this-time!!! :-)

"I plan on showing her this web page tomorrow. Perhaps if she sees some real engineers in action and can read about what studying engineering is like, she will decide to give it a try. We'll see!

Do you have any other resources I could suggest to her?

Susan"

*********************

I just re-read your comments and noticed the "I hate math!" statement
and the...
"She imagines engineers sitting around solving math equations, and UGH! can not imagine doing that."

AND realized that I did not mention my own High School STEM PBL Discovery Learning FUN wikispace as a resource for her to explore lots of things you and she mentioned... ( It is new and I have posted messages about it at least half-a-dozen times here at edutopia groups, but I feel like I am repeating myself to a non-existent audience...)

but for the 7th time, I'll mention it again specifically to you, hoping that you will read this and follow through...with your talented student...
Because, this FUN Wikispace/website is the Opposite of Boring and it is fun and challenging and explorational discovery student-centered student-engaging education...

Without overwhelming you, let me simply say that there are about 120 pages of fun STEM/HS Geometry/Arts & Crafts Activities to pursue... including an wonderful free online University Medical Engineering Lecture Course with a Fantastic Dynamic Very Kool Professor at Yale University...

And I can personally guarantee that if she is interested in doing any of the wikispace/website activities, I will personally be her Tutor/Teacher/Mentor online for free...

So, check out: "High School Geometry Adventure" at:
https://hsgeometryadventure.wikispaces.com

and email me directly at:
kasha8888@yahoo.com
because these Edutopia Groups do NOT often email me with Alerts that someone has replied to my posted messages...

Enjoy your Adventure and share it with your Talented and Gifted Student... take your time, there's a ton of activities and projects...

Thank You Very Much,

Allen Berg
Kepler's Apprentice
Caretaker of Wonder

Trevin's picture

Thanks for sharing the website. I am a high school Computer Aided Drafting teacher who does not have many females interested in taking the class. While I have had a few female students in the past, my classes tend to mostly fill up with males. The interesting part is that the females are usually the better students! Not only are they more contentious, they also are just as intelligent as the males. It is great to see that others are encouraging female students to become more involved in this area.

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Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Dear Trevan,

Thank you for your comments! I especially like,"The interesting part is that females are usually the better students! Not only are they more contentious, they also are just as intelligent as the males." :-)

That is why most of my married friends quickly admit quietly that,"My wife controls the roost." :-)

Meanwhile, I would be vey happy if you joined my High School Stem wikispace, because you and your students could contribute fantastically with Computer Aided Drafting resources and examples!!!

And I would encourage you to create your own free educational school wikispace as well, so that you can enjoy the fun specifically "geared" to your Teaching and Awesome Graphics Capabilities to share with other
educators and artists...

https://hsgeometryadventure.wikispaces.com
(See specifically the Unit: Engineering of Everyday Things...")

You can also contact me directly via email for further information:
kasha8888@yahoo.com

ps: Are you familiar with Pixar University, the in-house Employee Professional Development "Program/School/University" at THE Pixar Studios/Campus in the San Francisco Bay area...?

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Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Dear Colleagues,

Scratch for Educators is a very cool fun Program c/o the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) that has created a 'Lego-Style' Building Blocks = Drag and Drop/Connect Programming Tools Pictorial Screen User Interface, very easily learned and used by students and teachers
(K - 12) for creating unlimited video animations as stories, games, arts & sciences, etc.

I reported about them several months ago last year, explaining that they were new and exciting, but needed to get more organized and effective in communicating with educators... that time has come now...

I highly recommend their website for educators, which now has lots of "Show & Tell" brief videos produced by teachers and students, online tutorials, ongoing webinars, newsletter updates, resources, discussion forums, and very importantly: a new simple way now to copy and print the "structured building-blocks programs' graphics" for ready-made references and examples for you and your students to reproduce the fantastic videos exactly as you see them online at their website...

This makes teaching and learning the Programming Tools a piece of cake AND assures that you and your students will experience "Successful Magic" rather than "techno-newbie failures and frustrations" that I experienced last year...

Like I said, "Scratch-Ed" needed to get their act together, and now they have...

Much more Teacher-Friendly and User-Successful!!

AND this is Totally FUN for Getting GIRLS (and Boys) involved in STEM
Information Technology Project-Based Learning = Producing their own Video Animations...from the earliest grades possible!! and I mean
Kindergarten!! onward... and High School Girls and Boys will love this too... it is an awesome Fun Program...

Sincerely,

Allen Berg

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Stacie Harrison
K-12 Outreach at American Society for Engineering Education

Please check out www.egfi-k12.org. We have a really fun, interactive site for kids, to excite them about a career in engineering. We also have a section for teachers, with free lessons and class activities, organized by grade level: http://teachers.egfi-k12.org/. We also have a student blog which we update almost every day with the latest engineering innovations: http://students.egfi-k12.org/ And best of all, it's totally free! : )

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Julie Benyo
Director, Educational Outreach, WGBH

Lots of kids, especially girls, say they hate math. Both the Engineer Your Life and Dot Diva sites (I'm the PI for both those projects!) make the point that you don't have to "love" math...you just have to be able to do it. Neither engineering nor computing uses math all the time for everything, but it's a skill you need to have. Both careers also need creativity, the ability to work in teams, good communication skills, and a passion to make a difference. So that's what we focus on when kids say they don't want a career in math.

By the way, we're thrilled that you find these sites useful!

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Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Dear Julie Benyo:
Director of Educational Outreach, WGBH Boston
and Principal Investigator/Innovator of
"Engineer Your Life" and "Dot Diva", etc. :-)

It is an honor and a pleasure to meet you here at our Edutopia.org STEM and STEAM (STEM + Arts) Community Group online.
I have been a member of WGBH "Teachers Domain" online Group for many years, following its trailblazing innovations and successes to become one of the pre-eminent PBS Educational Resources in our nation.

You and your colleagues are truly Foundational Pillars of The Education Innovation World and continue to be, with your student-friendly,
teacher-friendly, parent-friendly, and community-friendly new media 21st Century resources and programs.

Please continue to share your updates with our Community here at www.edutopia.org; your expertise and enthusiasm "broadcasting from Boston" reaches us in classrooms, libraries, and homes all across our country.

Thank you for all that you folks do...and make...and innovate anew...

Sincerely,

from Boston University Emeritus to University of California, Santa Cruz 'Light Saber'
"May the Force be with You..."

Allen Berg
Kepler's Apprentice

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