Wikia

Geek Feminism Wiki

Resources for supporting young women

Talk0
1,076pages on
this wiki

Many geek women and other geeks want to volunteer to reach out to girls and young women and help them build community, skills and careers in geekdom.

How to do effective outreachEdit

ResearchEdit

This covers some of the barriers facing girls who might enter STEM careers.

TrainingEdit

Finding volunteersEdit

Curricula, handouts and similarEdit

This is a list of curricula for courses, handouts and similar, that are free to use for your own outreach:

Organizations you could joinEdit

These organizations are more formal groups of geeks wanting to reach out to girls or young women.


Math & Science

All Girls Math

The Summer Mathematics Camp for High School Girls provides a stimulating and supportive environment for girls to develop their mathematical ability and interest.

US: Held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Northern Nevada Girls Math & Technology Program

Supports and encourages Northern Nevada middle school girls from varied backgrounds to increase their knowledge, skills, and confidence in mathematics, as well as technology use for mathematics learning. 

US: Northern Nevada

Girls and Mathematics Program at Temple University

Summer program that focuses on enabling participants to build self-belief and mathematical confidence, on encouraging and nurturing excellence in mathematics and sciences, and on providing exposure to expert mathematical training and accomplished professional women who may serve as role models and mentors for the students.

US: Held at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Girls Excel in Math (GEM) Aims to establish and support a community of fourth through seventh grade Twin City girls who are interested in math.  US: Twin Cities, MN
Girls, Inc. Focuses on math and science education, pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, media literacy, economic literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention, and sports participation. US & Canada
Science Club for Girls Their mission is to increase the self-confidence and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) of K-12th grade girls belonging to groups that are underrepresented in these fields, through free programs that include hands-on learning, mentorship, and leadership opportunities. US: Cambridge, MA
Braincake Working with girls age 11 - 17 and their parents, teachers, and mentors, we draw organizations, stakeholders, and communities together in an effort to ensure that girls succeed in math and science.  US: Pittsburgh, PA, Arizona


Robotics

Robogals For university-aged women, teaches high school girls robotics skills

AU: various cities

Chapters in Korea, Japan, UK, US

WizBots Math and science program utilizing LEGO robotics US: San Carlos, CA
Girls Of Steel Robotics All-girl FIRST robotics competition team US: Pittsburgh, PA
GENIUS: Girls Exploring New Ideas Using Science Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta FTC robotics team and the first all-girls team to win the Georgia State FLL Championship. US: Atlanta, GA
StormBots All-girl FIRST robotics competition team US: Seattle, WA


Programming & Technology

Black Girls Code Provides young and pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.

US: holds programs in various cities

Girls Who Code US: CA, NY, Detroit, expanding
Techgirlz Hosts and promotes a variety of events for young women in tech. Holds courses aimed at women changing careers, etc US: Philadelphia, PA
Girl Develop IT

 

Provides affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction.

US: Various cities

CA: Ottawa

AU: Sydney

BE WISE Holds Science Overnights at local tech companies for girls US: San Diego, CA
Techbridge

 

Inspires girls to discover a passion for technology, science and engineering through hands-on learning US: Oakland, CA
CodeEd

 

Introduces middle school-aged girls to web programming US: San Francisco, New York City, Boston
CoderDojo

 

Provides free and open learning to young people, especially in programming technology International


General STEM & STEM careers

Expanding Your Horizons Network A group of conferences for girls aged 12 to 14, about STEM and STEM careers US-based, some conferences in Europe and Asia
Eureka

 

Math and science program for teenage girls US: Alameda, CA

Advocacy & Professional Organizations

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Focused on K-12 and collegiate outreach as well as supporting professionals.

US-based international group

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

We unite women through our nationwide network of chapters and partnerships with aligned professional organizations. 

US

Association for Women in Mathematics

Encourages women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.

NCWIT

 

A non-profit community of more than 450 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's participation in technology and computing. 

Girl organizations you could partner withEdit

One of the challenges with holding an outreach event for K-12 students is making sure girls and their parents know about the event. The following organizations can help you boost turnout and possibly provide meeting space.

Resources for GirlsEdit

Websites where girls can learn about Engineering

Other STEM ResourcesEdit

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki