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Interactive toolkit to guide STEM role models toward success

by Taylor Moore

 

Techbridge has recently released a free, online interactive toolkit to help potential role models develop skills to engage girls and underrepresented youth in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).  The Role Models Matter Toolkit currently provides ten mini-lessons for role models to help plan, structure, and implement their visit with students.   Each unit comes with a video showing role model Josetta Jones, a Patent Attorney and Chemical Engineer, in action demonstrating each step to successfully interacting and communicating the lessons to the girls.  Some key topics the toolkit provides are lessons on role model impact, ice breakers for relationship development, advice on using the engineering design process, and guidance on how to connect the STEM experience to possible career options for the girls.  If you have any potential STEM role model looking to engage and work effectively with youth, their work can benefit from this holistic toolkit approach in a way that works.

Techbridge is a nonprofit based in Oakland, California that offers science, engineering and technology-based afterschool and summer programs for girls.  Since 2000, the organization has engaged with more than 4,000 girls in grades 5-12 in hands-on learning and career exploration.  The Role Models Matter Toolkit is part of Techbridge’s Role Models Matter initiative to help prepare STEM professionals for outreach and is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation



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