The E-STEAM (Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Project for Girls Mentoring Program
The Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching
The Nova Southeastern University Branch of the American Association of University Women (NSU AAUW) developed the E-STEAM Project for Girls - an initiative to attract at risk 12-17-year-old girls to STEAM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math). Through a partnership between NSU AAUW and the Alvin Sherman Library, the university’s joint use community library, participants have had the unique experience of working with a diverse population of University faculty, staff and college-aged mentors while engaging in innovative, STEAM-related learning experiences at Nova Southeastern University. The program includes four, half-day field trips to NSU's campus per semester to tour the campus, attend college classes and participate in interactive activities related to STEAM. Participants reflected on their experience by giving a presentation at the end of the program. To measure the impact of the program, the mentees completed pre- and post-surveys to evaluate their likelihood of going to college and pursuing a STEAM career. The results indicated that at the completion of the program, students developed a better sense of their interests and disinterests in STEAM fields. Overall, the program has been a success and can serve as a model for other institutions.
Llanos-Almeida, R., McDermott, M., Sims, R., Scanlon, M. J., Hicks, S., Ballester, M., Shuster, T. D., Lopez-Moreno, K. G., Dore, M. L., Anderson, R., Fabius, S., & Torruellas Garcia, J. (2018). The E-STEAM (Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Project for Girls Mentoring Program. The Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching, 1, (11), 1 - 3. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/cnso_chemphys_facarticles/222