Defying STEM Stereotypes Expanded

The Bangor Area Planning Committee (BAPC) was formed in 2008 to determine the needs of girls in and around Bangor and Orono. After it was determined that programming to create hardiness zones was needed, the committee began to develop area programming based on HGHW's design. The BAPC will continue to collaborate with Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) to build and support the development of a sustainable infrastructure of the Bangor Adventure Girls program (BAG) launched in the spring of 2010. Due to its overwhelming success, the BAPC would like to continue the momentum this project has inspired for girls in this area by offering an additional four events, deeply STEM-based, as part of an expanded season. The fall season would introduce girls in the greater Bangor area to educational activities and women pursuing careers in STEM fields, specifically entomology, ornithology, paramedics, and space science engaging more girls in expanding their STEM horizons.

Project Contact Info
First Name: 
Trish
Last Name: 
Hansen
Phone: 
207-262-8346
Project Details
Role and Contributions: 
Based on the Bangor Area Planning Committee's (BAPC) recommendation, it was decided to take advantage of the success the first mini season had experienced and continue effort s to sustain the Bangor Adventure Girls (BAG). BAPC will work with a student at the University of Maine and in collaboration with the Programs Director of HGHW to plan, identify, and engage women in STEM fields; execute the events, as well as the recruitment of participants. This grant will help ensure that these STEM based sessions and the program will engage even more girls in the Greater Bangor area and continue their connection to STEM based programming. The BAPC will organize and carry out the activity session in collaboration with HGHW Director of Programs.
Project Goals: 
The explicit purpose of these activities is to expose girls in the Greater Bangor area in 2nd-6th grade to female role models in STEM through low-cost sessions, simultaneously connecting the experiences to possible careers in those fields. In addition, these events will give girls the opportunity to find out how these women choose to do what they do, how they deal with gender stereotypes, where and from whom they find support, and provide them with a chance to try out a range of challenging skills and opportunities not usually available to young girls. This project will also provide girls with opportunities for trust-building with other girls in a supportive and educational environment, where real conversations about the limited portrayals of girls and women in STEM careers can flourish, concluding with a call to action to pursue these areas of interests, if they desire.
Project Design Plans: 
BAPC. with HGHW, will establish four STEM focused events to connect girls in the Greater Bangor area to STEM fields. Each event, rooted deep in STEM tradition, will be led by a woman with vast experience in her chosen field; specifically, events this year will focus on Paramedics, Ornithology, Enthomology, and Space Science and technology. Girls within 2nd-6th grades will experience adventure
Activities and Methods: 
In paramedics, girls learn through hands-on experience how and when to use technology in an emergency medical situation. This session will also highlight how STEM skills and a career in this field can be used to positively affect their community. In entomology girls will work together in teams and learn how to identify bugs and how insects contribute the overall health of the environment. In ornithology girls will meet women of the Audubon Society and learn how to identify birds and learn about careers in wildlife care. At the Challenger Learning Center, girls will meet women who are pursuing space science, observe NASA technology and learn about careers in this field.
Project Budget
Amount requested:
Amount of matching funds:
Organization providing matching funds:
ItemDescriptionCost
4 Facilitator/ProfessionalsCompensation for time and materials to conduct events400.00
FoodNutritious food and drinks that are allergen friendly for 4 events100.00
Project CoordinatorUniversity of Maine identified work-study student will be hired to facilitate project logistics400.00
Project Co-CoordinatorsHardy Girls Healthy Women's Director of Programs and lead members of the BAPC will collaborate together to guide the Project Coordinator 932.00
OutreachPrinting and publicity of program through posters, brochures, and t-shirts200.00
Budget comments:
Population Served
Grades Served: 
K-5
6-8
Genders Served: 
Female
Ethnicities Served: 
White, non-Hispanic
Project Objectives
Who is your activity primarily targeted towards?: 
K-12 Students
What age are you targeting?: 
6-10, 11-14
What participant sub-groups (if any) is your activity targeting?: 
Females, Other
Which of the following types of objectives does your activity focus on achieving?: 
STEM career knowledge / other general knowledge
What specifically do you want participants to be able to do after they participate in the activity?: 
Participants will show awareness of rewards of a designated STEM career / discipline.
Other: 
space technology, bird and bug identification, paramedics
Who is your activity primarily targeted towards?: 
K-12 Students
What age are you targeting?: 
6-10, 11-14
What participant sub-groups (if any) is your activity targeting?: 
Females, Other
Which of the following types of objectives does your activity focus on achieving?: 
Attitudes towards STEM careers and studying STEM
What specifically do you want participants to be able to do after they participate in the activity?: 
Participants will perceive STEM career choice as opportunity to make a contribution to society.
Who is your activity primarily targeted towards?: 
K-12 Students
What age are you targeting?: 
6-10, 11-14
What participant sub-groups (if any) is your activity targeting?: 
Females, Other
Which of the following types of objectives does your activity focus on achieving?: 
STEM content knowledge/skills and other skills
What specifically do you want participants to be able to do after they participate in the activity?: 
Participants will be able to demonstrate their ability to perform a particular STEM-related skill or activity (e.g. rocketry, robotics, scientific method).
Who is your activity primarily targeted towards?: 
K-12 Students
What age are you targeting?: 
6-10, 11-14
What participant sub-groups (if any) is your activity targeting?: 
Females, Other
Which of the following types of objectives does your activity focus on achieving?: 
STEM career knowledge / other general knowledge
What specifically do you want participants to be able to do after they participate in the activity?: 
Participants demonstrate an understanding of jobs available for designated STEM careers.
Project Evaluation
Assessment Activities: 
Informal observation of participants
Informal discussion with participants
Informal discussion with program staff/volunteers
Informal discussion with parents or other affiliated groups
Post only participant surveys or questionnaires
Other: 
collected anecdotes from participants and parents
Collecting Information: 
Yes