Linking Engineering to Life

Linking Engineering to Life works to eliminate barriers of participation by recruiting diverse youth and training afterschool program leaders on how best to include youth from a spectrum of economic, geographic, racial, and gender identities. Middle school girls and non-binary students have access to an exciting hands-on curriculum, including all materials and activities, as well as college-aged mentors who are currently studying a STEM topic.

LEL is offered as a BASICS engineering course (electrical, civil, environmental) in the fall and a BIOMEDICAL engineering course in the spring.

As a mentor, you will:

  • Guide youth in age-appropriate engineering challenges using the engineering design process
  • Instill the practices of an engineering mindset
  • Facilitate conversations about equity and inclusion for women in engineering
  • Expand your communication and leadership skills
  • Be virtual, in-person, or hybrid

What to know:

  • LEL Basics starts the week of September 19, 2022
  • LEL Biomedical Engineering starts the week of January 23, 2023
  • You can choose Basics and/or Biomedical
  • Each program runs for 10 weeks, with 1.5-hour sessions per week
  • Three hours/week time commitment
 

 

Sign up to become a STEM mentor!

Thanks to the support of STEM Next, Vermont Afterschool has developed Linking Engineering to Life aimed specifically at middle school girls and non-binary youth who have historically been underrepresented in STEM fields as part of the Million Girls Moonshot initiative.

LEL is offered as a BASICS engineering course in the fall and a BIOMEDICAL engineering course in the spring. Basics focuses on all different aspects of engineering (i.e., electrical, civil, environmental) and Biomedical focuses on biomedical engineering, with activities such as creating a prosthetic device for your leg. This application is for LEL BASICS this fall but you are welcome to continue LEL into the spring.

What Does Your Program Receive?

  • Engineering program for middle school girls and non-binary youth
  • Full guidebook
  • Program materials kit
  • 1-3 UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences mentors to lead the program (most will be virtual with some being in person depending on the distance)
  • Training for staff and mentors on Sept. 20th at UVM from 6:00-8:00pm
  • Guest speakers (female engineering professionals) coming in to speak with the girls and bring in career exploration aspects

What Are the Requirements?

  • Run a 10-week engineering program at your afterschool site(s) for girls and non-binary youth in grades 5-8.
  • One (or more) staff running the program.
  • Participate in a 2-hour training from 6:00-8:00pm on Sept. 20th at UVM
  • Support your UVM mentors and communicate regularly.
  • Collect photos of youth engaged in the program and share with Vermont Afterschool; ensuring that youth in any photos have a completed VA photo release form.
  • Create a video of youth and participate in the end of the program showcase.
  • Participate in program evaluation and outcomes reporting.

Who is Eligible?

Afterschool and out-of-school time programs serving youth in grades 5-8 are eligible to take part in LEL.

 

 

Submit your program LEL application!

This application is due by 5:00 pm on September 9, 2022 but there are limited spaces available.