Curriculum and Training: Techbridge Girls

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Curriculum and Training: Techbridge Girls

Leveraging their 20- year history and expertise, Techbridge Girls enables girls from low-income communities to navigate the many roadblocks and inequitable systems that prevent them from persisting and excelling in STEM. They are experts at equipping educators (in-school teachers, nonprofit youth leaders, or volunteers) to create more access for girls to high-quality STEM enrichment experiences. Our program models provide hands-on experiences, with broad STEM content and career exposure, and social/emotional development activities. The programs also engage parents and are supported by rigorous evaluation. Educators delivering our program content receive a full complement of our training, pre-kitted materials/materials lists, and ongoing technical assistance.

 

Techbridge Girls offers three different curriculum training opportunities. Read through each and choose one to apply for.

Ignite Program: Educators will work with girls and gender-expansive youth grades 3-8 to deliver 8 engaging, broad STEM and social-emotional activities, accompanied by demonstration videos produced by role models. Each activity is 60 minutes in length and covers topics: structural engineering, bioengineering, electical engineering, and computer science. Educators are trained through a 2-hour on-demand training video and sites also receive STEM kits for each lesson for 15 students.

 

Inspire Program: Educators will work with girls and gender-expansive youth to provide 12-sessions of in-person programming that excites 4th to 5th-graders about broad STEM concepts. Educators receive 12 lessons to be delivered in person in 90-minute sessions. Lessons cover: chemical, structural, bio, and electical engineering, and computer science, are story-based, and introduces STEM careers and real-world applications of STEM. Girls take risks, work in teams, and learn about STEM careers. Inspire educators will receive materials kits for each lesson for 15 girls, and an intensive 12 hours of training (2, 5 hour weekday training sessions) and are part of a learning community throughout their engagement

 

ChangeMakers Program: Educators will work with girls and gender-expansive youth to provide a 12-session in-person, middle school program, introducing 6th through 8th-grade girls to broad science disciplines such as electrical engineering, chemical engineering, and computer science. Girls make change using STEM through a culminating community impact project. ChangeMakers educators receive materials kits for each lesson for 15 girls and an intensive 12 hours of training (2, 5 hour weekday sessions) and are part of a learning community throughout their engagement.

Target Audience

Best suited for program staff: teachers and afterschool educators who will facilitate the Techbridge Girls program with youth in fall 2022.

 

Timeline

August 15th: Program provider and/or staff sign up and submit electronic form

August 19th: Educator registers for training options below:

Orientation (1 hour) – Choose One

August 23 at 12pm Pacific | 3pm Eastern

August 25 at 3:30pm Pacific | 6:30pm Eastern

September 20 at 12pm Pacific | 3pm Eastern

September 22 at 3:30pm Pacific | 6:30pm Eastern

Training (5 hours) – Choose One

September 6 at 9am Pacific | 12pm Eastern

September 8 at 9am Pacific | 12pm Eastern

October 4 at 9am Pacific | 12pm Eastern

October 6 at 9am Pacific | 12pm Eastern

** Please Note: Training for Ignite programming will continue to be a 2 hour on demand commitment that will need to take place prior to programming as well.

Community meetings for Inspire and Changemakers will occur every second Thursday of each month (starting September 8th, October 13th, November 10th, December 8th etc.). This will provide further opportunities for educators to dive deeper into equity practice.

October: Educator begins facilitating Inspire or Changemakers program

 

Sign up and submit your signed contract today