Harris, C. J., Johnson, K., & Koch, M. (February, 2010). Girls InnovaTE3: Girls Innovating with Technology as Entrepreneurial Environmental Engineers. Poster presented at the Seventh Annual NSF ITEST Summit, Washington, DC.
SRI International (SRI), Girls Incorporated of Alameda County (Girls Inc.), and TERC are developing InnovaTE3 , a comprehensive youth-centered environmental engineering and innovation curriculum that uses a cradle-to-cradle design approach to encourage high school girls’ exploration of Earth systems science and interest in STEM careers.
InnovaTE3 is part of our ongoing effort to create a six-year STEM continuum for middle and high school girls in an afterschool program. We previously developed Build IT, a design-based curriculum that uses communication and network technologies to foster middle school girls’ IT fluency and interest in IT careers. Together, Build IT and InnovaTE3 provide 2 years of middle school and 4 years of high school STEM experiences for girls that help them to see science, information technology, engineering, and mathematics as relevant to their lives and as appealing and achievable career choices.InnovaTE3 and Build IT are cornerstones of the Girls Incorporated of Alameda County (Girls Inc.) afterschool program.