Breaking the Ice

When doing STEM outreach with girls, it is essential to start off with an icebreaker. By building a relationship with the girls through an icebreaker, role models set the stage for increased motivation and engagement.

Icebreakers allow you to:
  • Get the girls warmed up and feel more comfortable with you.
  • Introduce new scientific topics, vocabulary, or STEM careers with girls.
  • Check for the girls’ background knowledge on a particular topic.

For additional icebreakers to use when doing outreach with girls, check out this link.


Watch the video here of a Techbridge Program Coordinator leading girls through an icebreaker. Then, answer the questions below.


What did the facilitator accomplish by using this icebreaker?

What icebreaker will you lead when you next do STEM outreach with girls?

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