Engaging Girls in STEM
Mary Sagbakken, New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network
Grades: 9 – 12
In this workshop, we will discuss 12 Promising Practice Guidelines for OST programs to recruit, engage and inspire more girls in STEM. The Guidelines are designed for leaders, practitioners, families, community partners, and volunteers working with girls in OST programs across the nation. We will discuss the gender equity gap in STEM along with barriers in STEM as perceived by girls and young women. The framework opens the doors for new ways to work together, develop training, and build new supports for the OST field to accelerate STEM change in our communities. The Guidelines were developed from an extensive review of national research and literature, along with expert input and counsel from the New Mexico OST STEM Equity Coalition members. Focus groups with female high school and college students were conducted to ensure the Guidelines reflect the realities of girls and young women, and the unique landscape and voices of a diverse student population.