Brite began as a pilot 2020, in a partnership with the World Science Festival and The Hello Studios. During the World Science Festival in the summer of 2020, the program provided a high-quality, online suite of activities centered on collaborative learning with female role models.
NGCP revised Brite in 2021, learning from a robust evaluation and consisted of two courses: Art x Science, featuring role models and activities at the intersection of art and science, and Dream Big, Take Risks, featuring role models and activities that introduced girls to pioneering, multi-disciplinary careers in STEM.
Currently, NGCP is studying STEM identity development through the Brite Program via a National Science Foundation award: BRITE Girls Online STEM Practices: Building Relevance and Identity to Transform Experiences, led by Florida State University.
Brite provides a high-quality, online suite of activities centered on collaborative learning and engagement with diverse women role models. A customized online platform has been developed for BRITE, which can be accessed through a 1:1 device, serving as a launching pad for girls to participate in individual, small group, and community-wide activities.
The research component of the project aims to determine how three core approaches to STEM identity development (community-building, hands-on activities, role models), as implemented through the Brite Online Learning Community, influence girls' STEM identity.