- National Girls Collaborative Project Engaging Girls
- Girl Scouts: Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Generation STEM
- Black Girls Code http://www.blackgirlscode.com/ Girls Who Code Girls Who Code
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Benefits of STEM in Public Libraries
"There is a push for STEM focused education is nationwide. In 2009, the Obama Administration announced its commitment to the education of today's youth and their need to excel in science, technology, engineering and math, http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/k-12/educate-innovate President Obama knows that we simply cannot, as a Nation, expect to maintain our run of ingenuity and innovation-we cannot maintain that stream of new and different ideas-if we do not broaden participation in STEM to all Americans, including women and girls and minorities. To that end the Administration has taken steps to bolster the participation http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/women of these groups through in the following ways:
- "Focusing on underrepresented groups: Engaging and broadening participation of underrepresented groups lies at the heart of many of the aforementioned initiatives, such as Change the Equation, whose third pillar focuses on increasing opportunities for women, girls, and minorities."
- "Exposing girls and young women to STEM fields: Through innovative arrangements such as the NASA/Girl Scouts of the USA partnership, the Department of Energy's Women in STEM mentoring program and numerous other commitments http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/24/fact-sheet-equal-futures-partnership-and-united-states-commitments-expan agencies across the Administration and the private sector are creating opportunities for students to gain hands on experience and guidance as they navigate STEM subjects."
- "Setting the standard with exceptional role models: Recognizing the need for more women champions and role models in STEM fields, the President has appointed a number of talented women to lead science and technology efforts for the administration, including Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar, and National Science Foundation Acting Director Cora Marrett. Many of these women have also committed to reaching out to students through the OSTP/Council on Women & Girls Women in STEM Speakers Bureau."
- "Promoting tech inclusion: In January 2013, the White House issued a call to tech innovators to work together to ensure that all youth-particularly those from underserved and historically underrepresented communities, including women and girls-have the opportunity to study STEM subjects and participate in the technology sector."
YALSA issued a brief highlighting the benefits STEM in public libraries has for teens, Issue Brief(PDF)
"Libraries are Positioned to Leverage Community Resources "As the hub of a community, libraries have connections to schools, youth programs, local businesses and more. They have the ability to pool together a community's resources in order to effectively and efficiently deliver high impact programs. The STEM approach provides a way for librarians to connect the various STEM materials in our collections with the programs that we already have in place. Libraries are learning spaces and places where patrons come to learn information of their own volition. Coming up with new and innovative STEM programs will be a way to engage teens and younger children in your library in areas that are important in their future workplace. Library programs allow for more complete subject integration, ie STEM integration, than traditional school classrooms where most STEM education is dictated by the teacher. The library offers a judgment-free, grade-free zone where children can explore, make mistakes, and come back continuously week after week to develop more comprehensive activities, skills, and projects."