In 2014 Girls Building STEAM was concieved after attending an ISTE
presentation. The goal was to do short, fun activities that girls could continue
at home, like melted crayon art, air pressure games with cheeseballs, and MAKER
activities. Once a month 30 minute meetings grew into weekly 1 hour meetings and
stand-alone ideas grew into year-long projects. Along the way, a group of girls
took charge and began leading, assisting in grant writing, planning, and
teaching. We created a successful year-long fashion program that taught fashion
design, jewelry-making, art, and more to bring attention to environmental issues
in South Florida. In this session we will share our day plans, month plans, and
year plans. You will hear from students and student leaders about why this
program is important, and how it has enhanced their learning in school and
guided their choices for the future.
Attendees will gain insight on how to start, maintain, and succeed with a student-led club that helps build young ladies into leaders. You will hear from current students and mentors who discovered their love of STEAM, and are now motivated to get others hooked on the fun and learning.
Nancy Penchev (Scheck Hillel Community School: Miami, FL)