Seminole County – Girls Discovering STEM Connections

Project Highlights

 

Seminole County Public Schools, in collaboration with local STEM industries, implemented Seminole teacher_and_studentsGirls Discovering STEM Connections, a series of career exploration camps, during the first semester of the 2015-2016 school year. The program responded to a need by school districts across the nation to engage female students in the career fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Eighth grade female students from multiple middle schools were recruited to attend one of eight single day exploration camps that were conducted on Saturdays during the fall semester (August – December) to ensure students were provided an opportunity to engage in hands-on learning experiences and advance their knowledge of these career fields prior to course registration in January, 2016, for the following school year. ThSeminole Bioscience_campe major outcome of the camps was to increase the number of females in career and technical education programs which are identified by the Florida Department of Education as nontraditional for their gender. 83% of participants showed an increased interest in career/technical education.