The Society of Women Engineers is proud to join the Million Girls Moonshot Coalition. The Million Girls Moonshot seeks to re-imagine who can engineer, who can build, who can make. It will inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators by engaging one million more girls in STEM learning opportunities through after-school and summer programs over the next 5 years.
The Million Girls Moonshot shines a national spotlight on girls in STEM, spurring actions and solutions aimed at positively changing the way girls engage in STEM, and inspiring them to become builders, innovators, makers and problem solvers.
A Transformative Initiative
Unlike other national efforts aimed at engaging girls in STEM, the Million Girls Moonshot is taking a systemic approach to closing the science and engineering gender gap.
- Because of its national footprint and scalability, the Million Girls Moonshot has the potential to impact more students than any singular STEM program can do on its own.
- It is grounded in a thriving, high quality system of after-school networks, which has unparalleled reach into traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities.
- It recognizes that boys and girls will continue to work and learn side-by-side. It focuses on altering the way STEM programs are delivered in a co-ed setting, incorporating strategies that are inclusive and engaging for all students.
- It partners with the most innovative state networks to set ambitious goals and test transformative programming, while at the same time building the capacity of the remaining state networks.
- It will shine a national spotlight on girls in STEM, spurring actions and solutions aimed at building a more gender diverse pipeline of builders, innovators, makers and problem solvers.
What is STEM Next?
STEM Next is a national leader and investor in STEM learning. STEM Next will oversee Million Girls Moonshot program development, ensure quality, and expand the reach and impact of the Initiative.
The Initiative is leveraging the Mott funded 50 State Afterschool Network, which has access to over 10 million youth and 100,000 after-school programs. It is focusing on four strategic priorities:
- The design and delivery of transformative programming, integrating an equity and inclusion framework; embedding an engineering mindset into STEM programs; creating pathways and transition points between opportunities; and fostering sustained involvement of families, mentors and role models.
- The integration of a powerful employee engagement strategy, leveraging the talent and experience of Partner employees as mentors and role models.
- The creation of “girls only” engineering and design showcases at both the state and national levels.
- A call to join a national coalition committed to closing the gender gap in STEM by cultivating one million more girls with an engineering mindset by 2030.