Van Allen Probes: Girl Power STEM Expo

Overview
Program Element / Activity Title:
Van Allen Probes: Girl Power STEM Expo
E/PO Project Name:
Van Allen Probes
Contact Information:
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
11100 Johns Hopkins Rd, MS 200-E181,
Laurel, MD 20723
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Short Description:

Girl Power is an annual STEM expo for middle and high school girls exploring careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics hosed by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the event is free and open to the public.  The one day event is designed to attract and retain girls in STEM fields, stressing that women are making a difference, changing the world, and transforming the future.  Van Allen Probes E/PO staff, scientists and engineers host a booth at the event, and discuss the science and engineering of this Sun-Earth mission.  Girl Power features hands-on activities and challenges, cool demonstrations, workshops, and take-home material.  Girls have the opportunity to talk with professional women in STEM careers such as aerospace, computer science, electrical engineering, geology, information technology, and space mission engineering, cyber awareness; college and career presentations are provided.  Girl Power is in alignment with the goal of “developing and providing transformative STEM outreach opportunities that help prepare our future workforce to be problem solvers and thought leaders who have the ability to make critical contributions both locally and globally”.

Program Element / Activity Status
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In March 2014,700+ girls attended; with parents and siblings the total served was ~1100.
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Evaluation
National Priorities and Coordination Approaches as Articulated in CoSTEM:
  • Improve STEM Instruction
  • Better Serve Groups Historically Under-represented in STEM Fields
What are the goals and objectives of your program element / activity?:
The purpose of Girl Power is to provide middle and high school girls with the opportunity to interact with female science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals through interactive activities and to expose them to STEM careers and topics in a fun and engaging format. Girl Power is in alignment with the goal of “developing and providing transformative STEM outreach opportunities that help prepare our future workforce to be problem solvers and thought leaders who have the ability to make critical contributions both locally and globally”. The goal of Girl Power is to encourage girls to continue to pursue STEM education, extracurricular activities and ultimately careers.