Engineering Mindset with Techbridge Girls @Home

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.

Opportunity is open and currently accepting interest forms.

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.

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.