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Tech Target: Getting Girls Interested in Science and Technology

Diane Demee-Benoit

Former Director of Outreach at Edutopia
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The TechBridge program is alive and well at the Chabot Space & Science Center, in Oakland, California. Selected in 2005 by the National Science Foundation as a model program, TechBridge is an out-of-school program that engages girls in science, technology, and engineering activities. Since its inception, TechBridge has served more than 1,500 girls in five school districts through after-school and summer programs.

Each summer, educators interested in starting a similar program in their communities are invited to come and learn how to establish and run a successful science and technology program for girls. Participants will learn about best practices and will receive a binder and a CD-ROM with a year's worth of lesson plans for hands-on activities. For more information about that opportunity, visit the Web site for the TechBridge Summer Institute.

For more information about this program, read "Give Girls a Chance: Building a Bridge to Science and Technology."

Please feel free to post announcements here about other teacher summer institutes happening around the country this summer.


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Wow! This program sounds exciting and interesting. I was never really interested in science until I became a teacher. I wish as a child in school I was pushed to pursue science, technology and engineering, because there is such a need for girls to learn the importance of science in there lives. Science is a field mainly sought after by men and it is important for girls to know that science is meant for them too. I am a mother of 3 daughters and I push them constantly to apply science to their lives. I am so interested in learning more about this program and I am hoping to get my district to sponsor this program. I am aspiring to write science curriculum and I know that participating in this program will be of great benefit to me, my girls and my district. If my district is not willing to pay, I will do this on my own, because it is needed. I look forward to getting more information on attending and I look forward to learning and participating in this exciting opportunity.

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I love that more and more we are seeing programs designed and empowering our girls. I am the mother of a 10 year old daughter who loves science. I was never one to be interested in science but I also feel that had alot to do with the teachers that I had as a child and adolescent. Science was never fun or exciting and watching my daughter explain to me what she did in class shows me that things have changed since I was a kid. My daughter is currently involved with an afterschool program that does similar programs involving science and it is sponsored by Loreal. She loves it and I am excited that she is so interested in the cause and effect of the science projects they create in their "lab". I am glad that there is another program out there that I can get information from and pass on to her school district as well as the one in which I teach.

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There are many schools for girls that provide numerous education and courses according to the student field of interest. The faculty and management help them to take any subjects where they feel comfortable. Along this, they offer various innovative and creativities programs for girls.

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