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The latest installment in our award-winning DIY History series is specifically designed to address the critical need for women and girls to pursue careers in STEM fields. It's also a great way to work across disciplines to connect STEM concepts to history, social change movements and the real world. The activities and information in this module expose students to powerful female STEM role models, showing them the breadth of possibilities available through STEM careers. Several CWHF Inductees are profiled, and the stories of pioneers like geneticist Dr. Barbara McClintock, astronomer Dr. Dorrit Hoffleit and 3D printing giant Jennifer Lawton help students understand the challenges women have had to overcome. Activities also encourage students to connect their learning to real-world applications, demonstrating the many ways women can make the world a better place through STEM. See below for more detailed information and a preview (or download now).
► Preview activities and information that unpack some of the challenges around recruiting and retaining women in STEM programs, inviting students to examine the data and choose to become a part of the solution.
► Profiles of six Connecticut women who were pioneers in diverse STEM fields ranging from genetics and astronomy to architecture and 3D printing
► Creative activities to bring STEM concepts alive
► Powerful connections to real-world debates and problems
► Opportunities to impact students' local communities
► Women's History Month (March each year)
► STEM-related courses
► History of science
► Interdisciplinary team teaching
► STEM Awareness Month
► Connecticut history
► Women's Rights and contributions in Connecticut & the nation
Past STEMfems Events
► New Haven STEMfems Preview (fall 2014)
► Hartford STEMfems Launch (fall 2014)
► Stamford STEMfems Regional Rollout (spring 2016)
Funding for STEMfems in 2016-2017 was generously provided by:
Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Chelsea Groton Foundation, Comcast, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A, Trustee, Petit Family Foundation, Purdue Pharma, SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc., United Illuminating Company and the Southern Connecticut Gas Company
Funding for the rollout of DIY History in 2015-2016 was generously provided by:
Funding for the rollout of STEMfems in 2015-2016 was generously provided by:
Ensworth Family Charitable Foundation, Petit Family Foundation, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company, and Connecticut Natural Gas (a subsidiary company of UIL Holdings Corp).