Recruiting Girls to STEM Webinar: Register NOW!

There are numerous strategies, resources and success stories which work for recruiting girls to STEM
programs, yet overall recruitment numbers for girls in STEM subjects and careers still lag behind the interest and enrollment boys show for STEM programs. The Recruiting Girls to STEM webinar hosted by FLATE in partnership with MATEC (Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center) looks at “what works” from the unique perspective of teachers in the field at progressive levels of education: Elementary, Middle, High School, and College programs and outcomes.  This one hour webinar will be held May 27 at 3 p.m., and will focus on successful strategies designed and currently implemented by STEM professionals to engage girls in STEM. Anyone interested can register at http://www.matecnetworks.org/webreg/?client=1011

Webinar panelists and guest presenters include a distinguished group of STEM professionals who will discuss tried and tested methodologies that have proven highly effective in recruiting and retaining girls in STEM.
Christine Angel Danger, coordinator of math and science partnerships for the School District of Hillsborough County will discuss the H.O.T (Higher Order Thinking) Girls initiative, an ‘all girls’ club targeted to help girls sharpen mathematical understanding.  Elizabeth Simpson, lead technology education teacher at Greco Pre-Engineering STEM Academy in Tampa, will highlight strategies for getting middle school students interested in STEM programs. Not to leave male educators out of the recruitment efforts, Jeff Kaloostian, Chair of the career & technical education department and aerospace technology teacher at Robinson High School in Tampa will highlight the aerospace technology program at Robinson High School, and share challenges and successes his program has faced in getting girls engaged and enrolled in the STEM program.

Outside of the educators’ first hand perspectives, Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director and Dr. Marie Boyette, associate director of FLATE will share data trends related to enrollment in technology programs at STEM academies and at the post-secondary level. They will also highlight key statistics related to female enrollment and completion of the two year A.S degree in engineering technology currently offered at 15 state and community colleges across Florida. Panelists will also learn about existing gaps in the educational and social structure that inhibit girls from pursuing STEM related programs, and determine tools, or access free curriculum resources developed by FLATE to help educators address/fill preexisting gaps.

You can register for this webinar at http://www.matecnetworks.org/webreg/?client=1011. You can also email Dr. Marilyn Barger and Dr. Marie Boyetter at barger@fl-ate.org and Boyette@fl-ate.org , or visit www.fl-ate.org and www.madeinflorida.org for more information.