Million Girls Moonshot – March 2023 Resources

Vermont Afterschool is proud to be part of the Million Girls Moonshot initiative, working to inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators by engaging one million more girls in STEM learning opportunities through OST programs over the next five years. The Million Girls Moonshot is an initiative of the STEM Next Opportunity Fund. The Million Girls Moonshot seeks to re-imagine who can engineer, who can build, who can make. See below for some information and resources that can help advance this goal!

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It’s March, friends, and that means Women’s History Month! Women’s History Month is a wonderful time to honor the stories, achievements, and legacies of the amazing women who shaped STEM fields as we know them today. By educating ourselves about the past, we can create a bright future for women and girls to follow in their footsteps and forge new pathways to innovation.

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Women’s History Month Resources

  • A Mighty Girl “16 Women Scientists You Should Know” – This blog post features the stories of 16 historic female scientists who have blazed new trails in their disciplines. From determining the size of the universe to unlocking the secrets of the genetic code, these women have forever changed the way we see our world.
  • National Women’s History Museum Digital Classroom Resources – Explore classroom-ready resources created by the museum and through the “For Educators, by Educators” initiative. There are lesson plans, biographies, posters, primary sources, and more. You can search by topic, theme, or resource type. Select “STEM” from the topic menu for STEM-relevant resources.
  • Not the Science Type Docuseries – This four-part docu-series gets to the heart of access and gender inequity in STEM education and STEM fields. It features four female scientists who are challenging stereotypes and confronting gender, racial, and age discrimination as they rise to prominence.
  • Women’s History Month | Managing American Spaces ( Resource Toolkit – This toolkit contains lesson plans, discussion guides, posters, social media, and movies about the struggle for women’s equality in the United States, as well as, women’s rights globally.

More Resources

  • Click2CS Virtual Workshop: Supporting Productive Failure (April 26, 2023 3:00-4:00 PM EST) – Knowing how to help youth see how failure can be productive is critical for developing an engineering mindset. Join this virtual workshop to learn how you can create learning experiences that support youth and help them persist through their frustration and learn from failures. By engaging in authentic engineering work, youth develop engineering identities and the mindset to solve problems and change the world. Click here to register.

  • Exploring Engineering as a Career with Jobs for the Future (March 13, 2023  2:00-3:15 PM EST) – Join Jobs for the Future (JFF) as they unpack Possible Futures, a no cost career exploration curriculum for learners in grades 6-10, consisting of six units that help learners develop essential employability skills, explore STEM occupations, and better understand themselves and the world of work. In this webinar, participants will dive into the Engineering unit—a series of twelve lessons that help youth explore the role of engineering professionals as they tackle engineering challenges based on relevant, real-world problems. Participants will leave with everything needed to implement the lessons with youth: digital copy of the 12 lessons, facilitator guide, lesson materials, and youth worksheets. Click here to register.

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