Out‐of‐School‐Time STEM Programs for Females

Implications for Research and Practice Volume I: Longer‐Term Programs

Edited by:
Lynda R. Wiest, University of Nevada
Jafeth E. Sanchez, University of Nevada
Heather Glynn Crawford‐Ferre, University of Nevada

A volume in the series: Current Issues in Out-of-School Time. Editor(s): Helen Janc Malone.

In Press 2017

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines play a pivotal role in societal progress and economic prosperity, in addition to enhancing individual lives. However, U.S. students lack strong STEM performance in an international context. The pool of STEM‐proficient workers is thus insufficient to fuel the nation, with females being one group that is noticeably absent.

Out‐of‐school‐time (OST) programs, which are on the rise, are increasingly suggested as a way to support and encourage females in STEM. Data collected from participants in OST programs have shown improved achievement, interest, and confidence in STEM, as well as greater awareness of STEM role models and careers.

Out‐of‐School‐Time STEM Programs for Females: Implications for Research and Practice features seven OST STEM programs for females from across the United States that run one week to one year in length. In this book, the chapter authors describe their programs, the effectiveness of those programs, and practical implications of their program evaluation data. This book is the first of its kind to offer researchers, educators, school administrators, policy makers, and others detailed insight into the promise and practice of out‐of‐school‐time STEM programs for females.

Introduction: Why OST STEM Programs for Females? Lynda R. Wiest, Jafeth E. Sanchez, and Heather Glynn Crawford‐Ferre. A Door to STEM Possibilities: Las Chicas de Matemáticas, Hortensia Soto-Johnson. Relationships Among Girls, Content, and Pedagogy in the Matherscize Summer Mathematics Camp, Diana B. Erchick. Techbridge: Inspire a Girl to Change the World Through STEM, Linda S. Kekelis. Eureka!‐STEM: Hands‐On, Minds‐On STEM for At‐Risk Middle School Girls, Angie Hodge, Michael Matthews, and Amelia Squires. Out‐of‐School‐Time STEM Support for Girls in the Silver State, Lynda R. Wiest and Heather Glynn Crawford‐Ferre. Greater Opportunities Advancing Leadership and Science (GOALS) for Girls at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Jeanne Houck, Lynda Kennedy, Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, Kerry F. McLaughlin, and Shihadah Saleem. All Girls/All Math Summer Camp, Wendy Hines and Lindsay Augustyn. Concluding Thoughts: What We Have Learned and What We Still Want to Know, Lynda R. Wiest, Jafeth E. Sanchez, and Heather Glynn Crawford-Ferre. About the Contributors.