Successful Introduction to STEM Fields
All participants agree that Techsploration NL introduces them to different career possibilities in STEM fields
Women can be successful in STEM
98% of participants feel that the program shows them that women can be successful in these careers.
Tech Tours is Informative
All participants feel that Tech Tours for Girls is informative.
Effective Hands on Learning
95% of Participants feel that WRDC-ERC programming provides effective hands-on learning opportunities.
STEMforGIRLS Club is designed to keep girls engaged in STEM while in junior high and high school, leading to more females enrolled in STEM post-secondary programs, and eventually employed in STEM careers. Increasing diversity in STEM is beneficial for everyone because it improves creativity and innovation. Increasing the number of women working STEM careers will also enhance the economic wellbeing of women, their families, and communities.
On an annual basis, we anticipate club membership to consist of approximately 200 female youth, as well as an additional 500 participating in one-off promotional events and activities. Through the online resources and virtual offerings, there is unlimited possibilities for engagement with girls, community leaders and teachers. With members graduating into volunteer roles of Junior Leader, member engagement will be accumulative year after year.
“I learned there's lots of career opportunities. I also learned that there are lots of females rocking male dominated jobs.”
Past TechsplorationNL participant
Formal feedback methods and external evaluations indicate that our past programs have been highly successful inspiring girls to consider STEM and skilled trades training and employment. Participants have reported increased interest in STEM fields, increased awareness of career opportunities, and increased confidence and self-esteem to pursue them. A summative evaluation of previous programming conducted by Hollett and Sons Inc. revealed that “participants in WRDC’s programs are far more likely than the general female population in the province to pursue a career where females are underrepresented” (2013).
Evaluations of our current programs have revealed:
WRDC’s Research and Evaluation Team will monitor and evaluate STEMforGIRLS Club programming through the delivery of various evaluation tools to program participants, and formal feedback processes for new external facilitators.
Evaluation tools will consist of exit surveys, key informant interviews and focus groups. This will ensure we are meeting intended objectives and outcomes, as well as delivering effective high-quality programming. Long term impact of individual participation in STEMforGIRLS activities are currently being evaluated through the collection of new data on past participants.
We anticipate participation in the STEMforGIRLS Club, will have even more impact due to the ongoing engagement and continuity of support provided by the digital clubhouse.