Promoting STEM to Middle School Girls through Coding and Fashion

Barbara L Stewart, Carole E Goodson, Susan L Miertschin, Sue Schroeder, Misha Chakraborty, Marcella Norwood

Abstract


Informal education approaches such as science camps have been used to promote interest in STEM fields for pre-college students. In this case study, a code camp with a fashion and retail theme was offered to promote interest and study of STEM among middle school aged girls from populations currently underrepresented in STEM. The camp was offered free of charge through a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission and was assessed to be highly successful with respect to student and parent satisfaction. Assessment for changes in attitudes toward STEM and coding also showed positive changes.

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