The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative
The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Project brings together organizations throughout Montana that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The Women’s foundation recently funded this organization’s STEM Role Models Matter (RMM) training in three different formats to those in Montana interested in serving as a mentor to girls.
Research shows that role models are the best ambassadors for helping girls envision a career in STEM. However, not every STEM professional or student is confident in her ability to effectively engage with girls. Through RMM, a national research-based curriculum, STEM role models learn key strategies for making a meaningful connection with girls around STEM careers. Trainings will include a RMM train-the-trainer workshop in Bozeman to serve afterschool program coordinators and aides, a RMM training for local engineers and other STEM professionals and a statewide meeting that offers RMM and other best practices training to our current mini-grant recipients and others.
Too often programs that serve girls in STEM are limited in service and impact due to size, location, funding, expertise and equipment. In other cases, projects compete with each other, duplicating services and seeking the same resources. The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Project provides the opportunity for programs to increase their ability to maintain interest and participation of girls in STEM within Montana through collaboration.