Our goal is to build critical thinkers and problem solvers of the next generation.
– Rose Ennis President

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Einstein

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Unlike traditional education experiences in which subject areas are concentrated on separately, STEM education emphasizes technology and integrates subjects in ways that connect disciplines and relate them to each other. Solving problems is the core of computer science. Programmers must first understand how a human solves a problem, then understand how to translate this “algorithm” into something a computer can do, and finally how to “write” the specific syntax (required by a computer) to get the job done.

This group started in 2011 as an action research group to brainstorm why there are so few Women in Stem.  Goal was to expand what our 27 years of Expanding Your Horizons Conferences provided to break the barriers for girls in STEM connected careers. Title IX equitable access to CS education is growing exponentially. AAUW now supports Tech Tek.

Advocacy ideas:

  • Research from AAUW Why So Few Women in STEM fields shows lack of Spatial Reasoning a major factor. Yet, teachers rarely have the time to support the hands-on projects needed to build spatial reasoning in public schools.
  • In Texas Spatial Reason has been removed in the math TEKS as a major area of study in elementary schools, personal finance was added. Will this increase the gender gap? Instead of talking about generalities in education reform, we need to address this major problem.

In the past we supported the participants in the Expanding Your Horizons Conference to continue learning beyond this powerful day of hands-on presentations by professionals in the field.  The focus ideas from the first meeting produced our helping hand.

Helping Hand Ideas - STEM Scaling

Helping Hand Ideas – STEM Scaling

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