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I'm looking to start a STEM after school club for girls in my elementary school. Does anybody have any advice or resources that they have found that worked for them?


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Great idea! You could do robotics or technology. Learn to use scratch or make your own apps. Enter a lego robotic competition or something similar. Do a SWAT team (students who advance technology - learn about apps and programs to present/share with staff and parents) . Use it as a career fair and have people from different areas come in and present something interesting and fun. Assign kids different meetings to present a science experiment and bring supplies for everyone to do. Start a school garden. Build some life size props for science exploration: bird blind, sun dial, gazebo for outdoor classes. Have them run a school store and make things or collect things to sell.

http://www.gemsclub.org/
http://www.scienceclubforgirls.org/youth-programs

I heard Girl Scouts just released a whole slew of badges and activities geared toward STEM.
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That sounds like fun. I have never done anything like that before but would love to help anyway.

I would gather all the STEM projects first and try them myself. As you try them out I would make notes of what to change or tweek. Also note how long each one takes. There may be some short projects that are worthwhile and you could do more than one project in a session or meeting. Also note cost of the needed supplies. This might make some projects more doable than others. It will also help you to set a budget. Then I would select the best ones to do with the girls.

If you want the club to last all semester then take a look at the calendar and select the day of the week that is best for you. See if any holidays or big school events will prevent a meeting on a particular week so you can make an actual schedule. By doing this each semester you will give more girls the opportunity to have the STEM experience. Make it clear that you will be teaching the same projects so no one should sign up to attend the second semester. Or you might possibly want to make it just a quarter long and offer the class every other quarter. That gives you a nice break in between sessions.

I am betting you will need a least an hour for the activity and maybe 15 minutes for clean up. If it is an after school thing you may also want to allow for 15 minutes to eat a snack and go to the bathroom before starting each time. That would be an hour and a half. You will know better about timing after trying the projects yourself.

I would make some posters to hang around the school to advertise. I would send home a flyer to parents. This may be very popular so I would say something like I have ten slots and they go to the first female students who sign up at my classroom before or after school, or text me or go to the office and turn in their form.... However you want to organize it so it is fair. Be ready for a great demand. It might not happen but it might and you want to be fair so no parents come to you complaining. (This happened at our school with an engineering club once)

I would limit the number of students. That way you are not over crowded in your work space and can enjoy the group. I would probably limit it to 8 or maybe 10. You will really be able to create a sense of community with this small number.

I would work with just the older ones 3rd through 5th graders or the little ones K - 2. I would not mix all ages. You might even want a smaller age spread like 4th and 5th only or 2nd and 3rd only.

Possible Projects

https://www.tomwujec.com/design-proj...low-challenge/

http://6sci.pbworks.com/f/Save+Fred+ebook.pdf

http://stemactivitiesforkids.com/

http://leftbraincraftbrain.com/28-da...tivities-kids/

I have done the projects from the first two links. The students loved them.

Good luck and make the class something you will enjoy as well.
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I love A Mighty Girl as a website for their suggestions. Here are STEM books http://www.amightygirl.com/books/gen...nce-technology They also have toys and whatnot towards STEM.
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Get input from the kids. - The club will be more popular if the activities are things they're excited about.

Select your day carefully. - Find out what other activities the girls are involved in, and don't set yours up to conflict.

If you don't have a large budget, ask for contributions from area businesses or organizations that might be interested in increasing girls' involvement in STEM subjects.


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