Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Education
December 10, 2020
January 18, 2021
February 26, 2021
Articles in Spectra are freely available under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0) which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly cited.
Data Availability Statement
The authors of this article confirm that all included literature review information is fully available without restrictions.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that no conflicts of interest exist.
Given this is a project-based literature review, based on an ongoing project by a university affiliated organization, no IRB was needed. No data is presented in this paper which has been derived from the participants and all program elements are publicly shared.
This manuscript was made possible by the UNLV Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to Emily Carter (https://www.unlv.edu/our/funding/surf).
Research specifically targeted at youth participation in STEM highlights the importance of community engagements outside of school to bolster interest in STEM. Representation of women in STEM and encouragement of girls’ participation and interest in STEM fields parallels the importance of designing and implementing curriculums that enhance middle school-aged girls’ participation in STEM fields. The Girls in STEM Day program hosted by UNLV Scientista Foundation is designed to encourage middle school girls of color from the Clark County School District to find interest in STEM. Interactive activities and framework analysis of the program provides prospective success towards increasing interest and participation in STEM. Evaluation of this program and activities will provide further evidence for curriculum development to triangulate girls’ experiences and perceptions of STEM. The authors of this study expect to contribute specific examples indicating middle school girls’ interests in STEM-based on experiences in a day-long STEM event.
STEM education, Middle school, Girls, STEM workshops, Day-long event
Primary review article
Carter, E., & Vo, T. (2021). A project-based literature review of Girls in STEM Day: A day-long STEM event for middle school girls. Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal, 1(1), 63-71. https://doi.org/10.9741/2766-7227.1005