"The field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL was one of the highlights of the program for the students. For many, it was their first time out of the state, something we all take for granted. They were required to wear their STEM t-shirt and act appropriately – and each one fully lived up to that expectation! Parents and community members were also present to show the students that they were fully supported in their endeavors. We enjoyed working together to explore careers in STEM fields. " 2011 Mini-Grant Recipient
In 2010 and 2011, WGCP, in partnership with the National and Great Lakes Girls Collaborative Projects, awarded mini-grants to organization that had submitted applications during a call for proposals. Mini-grants of up to $1,000 were made to selected projects that provide a program or activity for school-age girls focused on science, technology, engineering, math and/or the skilled trades. To have been eligible, the project must involve a collaboration between different organizations, such as a youth-serving organization or other non-profit, business, and/or educational program/school.
2011 Grant Recipients
June 23, 2011 marks the 39th Anniversary of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in education programs and activities receiving federal funds. Enacted in 1972, it has become most well known for advancing athletic opportunities for girls; however, it is also lauded by women in science, as well as those who work to remedy issues of harassment, discrimination and bullying for all students.
The American Civil Liberties Union Women's Rights Project has created a Know-Your-Rights entitled, Gender-Based Violence and Harassment: Your School, Your Rights. This Know Your Rights resource informs high school and middle school students that schools have a responsibility under federal law (Title IX) to protect students' right to a safe learning environment, and that schools cannot punish or pressure students for being victims of violence.
Summary proceedings and highlights from the 2010 program: Promoting STEM Careers for Girls Educator Workshop - Featuring Bill Nye "The Science Guy"