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During the first year of our three year iTEST Grant with Twin Cities Public Television we are busy gathering female role models for teachers to share with their students in CTE and STEM classes.
Combining the power of media and the impact of role models, a new series of role model videos are now streaming at tpt.org/scigirls-profiles. These 12 short films feature young women from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds sharing both the challenges and triumphs of “a day in the life” in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. Role models broaden girls’ views of women in STEM jobs, and expand girls’ visions of what’s possible in their own lives. These videos show women in nontraditional technical fields at work and at home, describing their challenges and successes in a variety of STEM and trades careers.
“The women in these videos have been trailblazers their entire careers,” said series producer Marie Domingo. “Their stories are inspiring and relatable, and they’ll motivate today’s high school girls to prepare for the jobs of the future.”
Producer Angie Prindle adds, “SciGirls has an 11-year history of inspiring middle school girls by showcasing STEM role models and mentors. We are grateful to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for supporting SciGirls as we grow to serve a high school audience.”
A television special showcasing six of these stories, SciGirls Stories: Real Women, Real Jobs, premieres on TPT2 on May 27th, on TPT MN on May 29th, and will also be available online at tpt.org/scigirls-profiles.
This video series was produced as part of “SciGirls Strategies: Gender Equitable Teaching Practices in Career and Technical Education Pathways for High School Girls,” an NSF-funded project designed to help high school educators recruit and retain more girls from diverse backgrounds in nontraditionally female STEM and career and technical education (CTE) classes and career pathways. Teachers and counselors from across the Twin Cities metro area have successfully applied gender equitable strategies to their classroom practice in the first year of this initiative. Minnesota teachers interested in participating in the second year of this project can email Siri Anderson at St.Kate’s to learn more.
Research shows that role models inspire girls to think differently about their potential futures. Work in STEM or CTE and want to help? Sign up for FabFems if you would be willing to share your expertise with young women.