STEM Chair Tool Kit
STEM chairs host programs for local girls with their branches and state leadership, assist with expansion of the national AAUW Tech Trek and Tech Savvy programs, and spread the word about AAUW’s research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Here are the tools you need to bring STEM opportunities to more girls in your community.
1. Hold your own local STEM program.
Many AAUW branches and states host conferences, camps, after-school programs, and other activities in their local communities. Check out these resources to help your branch start its own program and connect with the community:
- Sign up for the Spotlight on STEM newsletter to see examples of the events and activities that AAUW branches host. All STEM chairs are subscribed to the newsletter; encourage others in your branch to sign up.
- Use the Teentech Program in a Box to implement a STEM program for teens, from initial planning to the day of the event.
- Use the sample needs assessment to brainstorm with your branch and determine the best way to reach local girls.
- Order printed copies of AAUW’s research reports on women in STEM, Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing, and use the PowerPoint presentations about the reports to present to your branch and encourage them take action.
- Contact the AAUW STEM Task Force to learn about opportunities for STEM collaboration and new programs in your area by e-mailing email@example.com.
2. Get involved with AAUW Tech Trek in your community.
AAUW Tech Trek is a weeklong summer camp for rising eighth-grade girls that develops girls’ interest, excitement, and self-confidence in STEM fields. The success of the Tech Trek model from AAUW of California prompted the program’s expansion to sites across the United States. You can get involved with Tech Trek by applying to host a camp or volunteering with a camp in your area. Use this brochure to promote Tech Trek to members and potential collaborators.
3. Host an AAUW Tech Savvy conference for local girls.
Tech Savvy is a one-day conference designed to develop girls’ awareness of educational and career paths in STEM while encouraging adults to help girls pursue these interests throughout their lives. The successful program began at the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch, and AAUW has since expanded Tech Savvy to sites nationwide. Help AAUW fulfill our mission of empowering girls in STEM by volunteering with a Tech Savvy conference in your area, or create a committee and apply to host one in the future. Use the planning accessible events guide to ensure that your event is accessible for all, and collaborate with diverse organizations or college campuses to expand your reach!
4. Promote AAUW’s work in STEM in your community.
Serve as an ambassador about AAUW STEM programs and opportunities, and develop key collaborations in your community that can help you expand your STEM reach.
- Attend professional networking events and inform local educators about how they can recruit and retain more girls in the STEM fields using the recommendations from the Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics executive summary or the Solving the Equation executive summary.
- Use this PowerPoint presentation to present at STEM conferences and share the findings of the report.
Questions? Contact AAUW STEM staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn how to host a STEM event that yields success at every level!
Sign up for updates from AAUW headquarters, upcoming STEM activities for girls, and resources for activists and other women in STEM fields.
A 2010 research report by AAUW explains why there so few women scientists and engineers.