Recommended Resources for Role Models

Techbridge Girls Field Trip Guide

 

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Working Together: Role Models and Girl Scouts

Techbridge developed this role model guide for the Girl Scouts.

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Role Model Strategies: Encouraging Girls to Consider STEM Careers

PBS SciGirls and Techbridge joined forces to develop this guide specifically for role models who want to learn strategies for engaging girls.

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Building for the Big One

In this structural engineering activity, students will try to build a structure that can withstand a simulated earthquake.

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Graham Cracker Houses

In this structural engineering activity, students will build a structurally stable house constructed from graham crackers and frosting.

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Kitchen Kapers

In this design challenge students will work in teams to create a brand new kitchen utensil using a limited set of materials. They must make a commercial for their device and present it to the rest of the class.

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LED Butterfly

In this electrical engineering activity, students develop their circuit-building skills as they create a butterfly that has LED eyes and wire antennae.

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Make a Super Ball

In this chemical engineering activity, students will experiment with different amounts of sodium silicate and ethyl alcohol to develop the most effective formula to create a super bouncy ball.

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Mouse Trap-Powered Car

In this mechanical engineering activity, students will design and construct a car powered by a mouse trap.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Robot

In this computer science activity, students will write instructions for a “program” that will instruct someone on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

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Pinhole Camera

In this digital media activity, students will build a simple camera (camera obscura).

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Radioactive Golf Balls

In this design challenge, students will use their creativity to develop a new device to transport “radioactive” golf balls safely over a distance of 8 feet.

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Reverse Engineering of Hair Dryers

In this product design activity, students will take apart a hair dryer in order to see the components inside and understand how they work.

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Rubber Band-Powered Car

In this mechanical engineering activity, students will design and construct a car powered by rubber bands.

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Water Filter

In this environmental engineering activity, students will learn about the importance of clean water and how to filter unclean water.

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Techbridge Bingo

In this activity, students will play a modified form of “Bingo” in which they will try to fill in all of their squares on the Bingo board by talking to people in their class.

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Put Yourself on the Line

In this activity, students will place themselves along an imaginary line depending on how they feel about different statements that are called out.

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Peek-a-Who

In this activity, students will line up on either side of a sheet and will try to quickly say the name of their classmate standing across from them when the sheet is dropped.

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Jumbled Jokes

In this activity, students will mingle and try to find the person who has the other half of their science joke.

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Illustrate Your Career Challenge

In this activity students will learn about careers by playing a game where they have to illustrate different aspects of a science, technology or engineering related career.

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Can Your Draw This?

In this activity, students will make a simple drawing and then help their partner recreate it giving only verbal directions.

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Daydreaming Careers

In this activity, students will mold a piece of clay into an object that represents their dream career.

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Be the Machine

In this activity, students will work in a group to act out different machines.

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Careers Matching Game (5th grade version)

In this activity, students will try to match various STEM related careers with their appropriate descriptions.

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Careers Matching Game

In this activity, students will try to match various STEM related careers with their appropriate descriptions.

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Back-to-Back

In this activity, students will move around and get to know more about each other.

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Career Step Up

In this activity students will learn about how different careers work together to make different products.

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Animal Sounds

In this activity, students will be blindfolded and given an animal sound to call out. They will need to find the other person(s) that is calling out that same sound.

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Career Charades

In this activity students will learn about careers by playing a game where they have to act out a science, technology or engineering related career.

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Engage, Connect, Inspire: SWE Role Models Change the World

Techbridge developed this role model guide especially for the Society of Women Engineers to support them in their outreach efforts .

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Generation STEM – What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Over the past 50 years, women in the United States have made great strides in education and entry into the workforce in this country. However, despite these advances, women continue to be underrepresented in the fields of STEM. Read the complete report by the Girl Scout Research Institute.

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Why so few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

This 2010 research report written by American Association of University Women presents an in-depth yet accessible description of key research findings that point to environmental and social barriers that continue to block women’s participation and progress in STEM.

 

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Messaging for Engineering

Messaging for Engineering supports efforts by the engineering community to communicate more effectively about the profession and those who practice it. This report builds on previous research-based efforts to develop and test new, more effective messages about engineering. It was developed through the National Academy of Engineering’s Changing the Conversation project.

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