Techbridge Girls

Opportunity is closed and not accepting interest forms. 

About 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.


Description of Opportunity

Techbridge Girls is offering three different curriculum training offerings. Read through each and choose one to apply for. You cannot apply for more than one offering.

Ignite Program:

  • Grade Levels: 3rd to 8th – Curriculum: 8 lessons to be delivered in-person or virtually in 60-minute sessions. Lessons cover: structural engineering, bioengineering, electrical engineering, and computer science.
  • Materials: Pre-kitted materials for all 8 lessons for 15 students
  • Required Training: 2 hour on demand training (i.e. can be completed anytime) covering: STEM equity, hands on STEM pedagogy, and social emotional learning practices
  • Additional Resources: Access to role model exposure through videos or livestream events, resources for families, and ongoing technical assistance
  • Time Commitment: 60 minutes; once a week; 8 week duration

Inspire Program:

  • Grade Levels: 3rd to 5th – Curriculum: 12 lessons delivered in person only in 90-minute sessions. Lessons cover: chemical, structural, bio, and electrical engineering, and computer science. Lessons are story-based and introduces STEM careers and real-world applications of STEM.
  • Materials: Pre-kitted materials for all 12 lessons for 15 students – Required Training: 10 hours of online STEM & equity program training covering: power, position and bias, gender and culturally relevant practices, hands on STEM pedagogy, and social emotional learning practices.
  • Additional Resources: Live monthly meeting with educator cohorts, additional learning modules/resources, role model exposure through videos or livestream, resources for families, ongoing technical assistance as needed.
  • Time Commitment: 90 minute; once a week; 12 week duration

ChangeMakers Program:

  • Grade Levels: 6th to 8th
  • Curriculum: 12 lessons delivered in personally i 90-minute sessions. Lessons cover: chemical, structural, bio, and electrical engineering, and computer science. Lessons focus on gender and cultural equity, girls’ STEM lineage, and using their brilliance to make change through STEM. There is a Culminating Community Impact Project and virtual showcase.
  • Materials: Pre-kitted materials for all 12 lessons for 15 students
  • Required Training: 10 hours of online STEM & equity program training covering: power, position and bias, gender and culturally relevant practices, hands on STEM pedagogy, and social emotional learning practices.
  • Additional Resources: Live monthly meeting with educator cohorts, additional learning modules/resources, role model exposure through videos or livestream, resources for families, ongoing technical assistance as needed.
  • Time Commitment: 90 minute; once a week; 12 week duration

Networks and participating programs:

20 total Ignite program sites; 10 total Inspire and/or ChangeMaker program sites

Criteria

1. Best suited for program staff: teachers, front line staff, specialists, and/or coordinators who will participate in the training and teach the curriculum to youth in fall 2021.

Timeline

  • July 12 – August 13: Recruitment period
  • August 30: Participants notified of participation.
  • September – October: Participants participate in program specific training (i.e. either Ignite, Inspire or ChangeMakers)
  • October – December: Participants teach curriculum (i.e. either Ignite, Inspire or ChangeMakers) to youth in afterschool

Learn more about the opportunities here.

Closed Opportunities

Description of Opportunity

Networks and participating programs: Maximum 25 programs will be eligible to receive this Booster Pack.

Training – Attend 1 hour, virtual, pre-recorded Techbridge Girls @Home training

Curriculum – Implement Techbridge Girls @Home curriculum, minimum 8 lessons, for youth in 4-8th grades. Example lesson topics include:

  • Slowest Lander- Students design a device to slow the fall of an object
  • Grow a Green Bean – Students grow a green bean plant and watch the different stages of germination
  • Wind Farm – Students create a windmill to generate electricity
  • Salt Circuits – Students use salt to connect a circuit

Resources – Participate in ongoing technical assistance calls and opportunities to connect with other TBG @Home educators; Access to Expanding Your Horizons Conferences in your state

Commitment from Network

1. Networks will identify programs who will facilitate TBG@Home’s 8 lessons to youth in grades 4-8th

2. Programs will sign a MOU and complete a registration form to access training registration and curriculum

3. Program staff will participate in a TBG one-hour recorded training

4. Participating girls will register using TBG’s simple online form and receive a TBG t-shirt in return

5. Programs will administer a brief survey to girls and return results to STEM Next

6. Networks will liaise with Sabrina Gomez to ensure all aspects of the Booster Pack are met

Criteria

Criteria that will make Networks and programs successful include:

  1. Open to all State Networks
  2. State Network and participating programs commitment to fully participate in all aspects of the Booster Pack

Timeline

January 2021: Network Leads apply for the opportunity with participating programs in mind; Networks are notified by January 22nd.

January – February 2021: Participating programs sign an MOU and complete a registration form to access training and curriculum.

February – May 2021: Programs facilitate TBG@Home lessons and at the conclusion complete and return girl surveys to STEM Next.

Description of Opportunity

Networks and participating programs: Maximum of 20 program sites across the 50 State Afterschool Networks will be eligible to receive this Booster Pack. Networks recruit program sites in their Network to participate.

Training and SupportProgram site educators attend a two hour, virtual training on Techbridge Girls @Home curriculum and have access to monthly “office hours” with Techbridge Girls trainers for additional support

CurriculumProgram site educators implement Techbridge Girls @Home curriculum (eight, one hour lessons) for youth in 4-8th grades. Example lesson topics include:

  • Slowest Lander- Students design a device to slow the fall of an object
  • Salt Circuits – Students use salt to connect a circuit

STEM Kits Program sites will receive STEM kits that align to the curriculum for 15 youth. If you have more than 15 youth participate at one site participating, apply as two program sites (two youth groups).

ResourcesAccess to Expanding Your Horizons Conferences in your state

Commitment from Network

  1. Networks identify and recruit program sites to participate in all aspects of the Booster Pack described above.
  2. Program sites sign a MOU and complete a registration form to access training registration and curriculum.
  3. Program sites administer a brief survey to all participating youth and return results to STEM Next and Techbride Girls
  4. Program sites liaise with Techbridge Girls and Sabrina Gomez to ensure all aspects of the Booster Pack are met

Criteria

Open to all Networks

Timeline

March 1: Summer Booster Opportunities Launch. Networks identify and recruit program sites. 

April 16: Networks submit an interest form with participating programs and educators in mind by this date.

April 23: Networks are notified by this date.

April 15 – May 21: Participating programs sign a Techbridge Girls MOU, complete a registration form, attend virtual training, and are mailed STEM Kits.

May: Participating programs sign a Techbridge Girls MOU, complete a registration form, attend virtual training, and are mailed STEM Kits.

JuneAugust: Program sites and educators facilitate Techbridge Girls @Home curriculum and return youth surveys to STEM Next and Techbridge Girls at the conclusion of the program.