Techbridge has recently released a free, online interactive toolkit to help potential role models develop skills to engage girls and underrepresented youth in STEM. The Role Models Matter Toolkit currently provides 10 mini-lessons for role models to help plan, structure and implement their visit with students. Each unit comes with a video showing role model Josetta Jones, a patent attorney and chemical engineer, in action demonstrating each step to successfully interacting and communicating the lessons to the student participants. The toolkit provides lessons on key topics like role model impact, ice breakers for relationship development, advice on using the engineering design process and guidance on how to connect the STEM experience to possible career options for the participants. If you have any potential STEM role models looking to engage with youth, their work can benefit from this holistic toolkit approach.
Techbridge is a nonprofit based in Oakland, Calif., that offers science, engineering and technology-based afterschool and summer programs for girls. Since 2000, the organization has engaged with more than 4,000 girls in grades 5-12 in hands-on learning and career exploration. The Role Models Matter Toolkit is part of Techbridge’s Role Models Matter initiative to help prepare STEM professionals for outreach and is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation.