Girls in STEAM

What is Girls in STEAM?

Working in collaboration with Facebook, Kiewit and Sherwood Foundations, community organizations (UNO, UNL, Collective for Youth, Girl Scouts, STEM Ecosystem, 75 North, Scott Scholars) and school districts (Westside and Papillion/LaVista) to bring STEM education/careers to students, specifically girls ages 8-14. The Girls in STEAM event is a 10-week program (1 event/week) where we engage, enrich and empower girls to see themselves as someone who could excel in STEM education (and future careers) in a safe and positive environment.

 

This past year our program consisted of over 200 girls from the Omaha Metro area who went on to compete in the Nebraska Robotics Expo!

Female students navigating robots through a maze. Girls control robots in the Robotics Expo Slide Girls at the Robotics Expo Slide

Schools Who Participated

  • Papillion Middle School
  • Howard Kennedy
  • LaVista Middle School
  • Lothrop, Oakdale
  • OutrSpaces

Our Curriculum

The first 5 weeks are slotted for S-T-E-A-M specific topics, the last 5 weeks are devoted to working on Nebraska Robotics Expo (NRE) events in teams with the final day as a mini-Expo where the girls-only teams are invited to participate in the NRE (Feb 22, 2020). Every week is wrapped around a girls-empowerment theme (Balance, Compassion, Empathy, Confidence, Equality, Strength, Leadership, Assertiveness, Resilience, Mindfulness). Prairie STEM staff works in concert with teachers and volunteers to provide curriculum, content, materials, and support at each location.