Welcome to Alief Girls in STEM
What is STEM Education?
STEM Education refers to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. However, STEM initiatives are not science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in isolation. Rather, STEM is the integration of courses, programs or learning opportunities using an interdisciplinary approach through exploration, discovery, and problem solving.
Why Alief Girls in STEM?
U.S.A. President Obama launched Change the Equation which is dedicated to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for children, with a focus on girls and minorities, who are underrepresented in STEM related careers and fields. Many women and girls are discouraged from pursuing their creative ideas for solutions because of inequality.
Introduction to Alief Girls in STEM (AGS)
What Are Our AGS Goals?
- promote girls early engagement and academic success in STEM
- assist girls in finding an interest in STEM related careers and fields
- inspire girls to revolutionize the world we live in
- foster critical thinking and problem solving in real world situations
- encourage girls to be curious and to discover solutions for real life problems
- spark curiosity and the love for STEM
- create a safe environment for girls to take risks and step out of the comfort zones
What Is Alief Girls in STEM?
Alief Girls in STEM is an after school enrichment program to foster and promote skills in critical thinking, collaboration, discovery, and communication with our fifth and sixth grade girls. These girls will engage in hands on learning opportunities that will spark their passion and curiosity in STEM. As a district, we are continuously looking for opportunities to promote and encourage our girls to become leaders explore ways to improve the world around them. AGS started in 2014 with two fifth grade classes at two intermediate campuses. In 2015, it was expanded to include all fifth grade campuses and two sixth grade classes at two intermediate campuses. In 2016, AGS expanded even further to include fifth and sixth grade at all intermediate campuses plus two of our K-5 campuses.
What Does Fifth Grade AGS Look Like?
Fifth grade Alief Girls in STEM participants will use the Engineering Design Process (EDP) to brainstorm, build, test, and revise several different real world tasks that are given.
What Does Sixth Grade AGS Look Like?
Sixth grade Alief Girls in STEM participants will learn how to write codes to build a foundation for exploring the computer science aspect of STEM. They will use the Engineering Design Process (EDP) to spark critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and curiosity in using 3D Printers for a real world purpose. They will also learn how to build moving models of robots while enhancing their creative and problem solving skills.