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How to be a mentor to bring more girls to STEAM

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How to be a mentor to bring more girls to STEAM - Grace Hopper 2018

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How to be a mentor to bring more girls to STEAM

  1. 1. Menka Gupta | @menkag Nilay Yener | @nlycskn Pavi Bhatter | @pavibhatter H O W T O B E A M E N T O R T O B R I N G M O R E G I R L S T O S T E A M ? #GHC18
  2. 2. PAGE 2 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC18 #GHC 18 WHO ARE WE? Menka Gupta Mom and Instructor @Devoxx4KidsUSA Program Manager @Intel Nilay Yener Mentor @Devoxx4KidsUSA Program Manager @Google Pavi Bhatter Student and Instructor @Devoxx4KidsUSA Student @CarnegieMellon #Devoxx4KidsGHC18
  3. 3. PAGE 3 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 devoxx4kids.org @Devoxx4Kids ● Nonprofit & 501(c)(3) Organization ● Introduces STEAM to kids in a fun way ● A global movement, 20+ countries USA - usa.devoxx4kids.org ● @Devoxx4KidsUSA ● 12+ Chapters
  4. 4. #GHC18 Stage 1: Challenges on Getting Girls into STEAM
  5. 5. PAGE 5 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 PARENTS GIRLS (ATTENDEES) EVENT/CONTENT
  6. 6. PAGE 6 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 PARENTS Challenges • Unconscious bias • Lack of knowledge • Lack of role models • Made aware of unconscious bias • Educated about STEAM • Educated on how to be a mentor or role model • Encouraged to attend/volunteer at the events What did we do?
  7. 7. PAGE 7 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 GIRLS (ATTENDEES) Challenges • Negative impression of being “nerd” • Less girl attendees at events • Imposter syndrome • Need of support • Start at early age (5-7) • Encourage to attend a STEAM event • Invite friends • Be an attendee -> mentor -> presenter What did we do?
  8. 8. PAGE 8 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 Challenges • Topics and content mainly targeted to boys • Less girl attendees • Less girl presenters • Added “A” to “STEM” • Made topics interesting • Included storytelling • Supported girls on presenting (e.g. class management) • Collaborated with other girls groups like Black Girls Code • Invited more women presenters as role models What did we do? EVENT/CONTENT
  9. 9. PAGE 9 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 Share your challenges
  10. 10. #GHC18 Stage 2: Identifying Topics
  11. 11. PAGE 11 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 ● Focuses on one or more “S.T.E.A.M” areas ● Easy to learn ● Right per attendees age group ● Encourages collaboration ● Teaches logical thinking ● 30% instructions, 70% hands-on ● Is FUN How do we choose the topic?
  12. 12. PAGE 12 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 ● Scratch ● Circuit Arts ● Paper Circuit ● BB-8 Programming ● Wearable Tech ● LEGO Mindstorms ● Minecraft Modding ● Arduino Workshops ● Raspberry Pi ● Basics of HTML Basics of HTML ● Robotics ● Python Programming ● Mathbreakers ● Apps Using Swift ● Java programming
  13. 13. #GHC18 Stage 3: Planning a Workshop
  14. 14. PAGE 14 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 ● Instructor (or mentor) ○ Parent or anyone with STEAM experience ● Attendees ○ Daughter, Niece, Sister, Friends ● Topic and content ○ Simple conversation, hands on activity, or demonstration ● Place ○ Home, public library, school, work place What do you need to start?
  15. 15. PAGE 15 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 ● Computer ○ Bring your own personal computer, smartphone, tablet, etc. ● Projector ● Volunteers ○ Parents, friends, high school or college students ● Publicize the event ● Optional ○ Snack and water bottle In addition...
  16. 16. #GHC18 Stage 4: Fun with Scratch
  17. 17. PAGE 17 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 ● Scratch is a visual programming language ● It is used to create interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art ● Simple block-like interface ● www.scratch.mit.edu What is Scratch?
  18. 18. #GHC18 Stage 5: Devoxx4Kids Success Stories
  19. 19. PAGE 19 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 Started at age 14 ● Accompanied parents to a STEAM workshop Instructor for Squishy Circuits/Circuit Arts workshops Girl Scout Gold Award ● Black Girls Code Robotics Exposition ● O’Reilly Open Source Convention ● Silicon Valley Code Camp ● Oracle’s JavaOne4Kids Pavi Where did it all start?
  20. 20. PAGE 20 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 Received mentorship through many forms ● Content creation ● Presentation skills ● Public speaking ● Technical skills ● Confidence boost Mentorship was a form of having a role model throughout the journey Pavi Why it worked for me?
  21. 21. PAGE 21 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 Where did I go?
  22. 22. PAGE 22 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 ● Started at age 8 ● Mentor – Father ● Challenges ● Lost most of her friends due to different interests ● Workshops ● Lego Mindstorms ● Arduino programming ● Raspberry Pi programming ● Wants to pursue Computer Science and Engineering in College Cassandra
  23. 23. PAGE 23 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 ● Started at age 5 ● Mentor – Mom ● Challenges ● Less friends attending STEAM events ● Unconscious bias from teachers/adults ● Workshops ● Circuit Art ● Minecraft modding ● Scratch and wearable arts ● Wants to work for NASA one day Palak
  24. 24. #GHC18 Conclusion
  25. 25. PAGE 25 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 ● Mentor one girl ● Inspire her to ● Attend ● Volunteer ● Present at Devoxx4Kids or any other STEAM event The best way to future is to create it - Alan Kay Call for Action
  26. 26. PAGE 26 | GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION 2018 PRESENTED BY ANITAB.ORG AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY #GHC 18 devoxx4kids.org usa.devoxx4kids.org How to connect with us? @devoxx4kids @devoxx4kidsUSA #Devoxx4KidsGHC18 Devoxx4Kids Workshops GitHub
  27. 27. #GHC18 THANK YOU! @menkag @nlycskn @pavibhatter

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