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How does Through My Window specifically interest girls?

Traditional STEM (and particularly engineering) education often focuses on construction activities and doesn’t show engineering’s powerful connections to society.  A recent wave of STEM education for girls focuses on pink, princesses, and sparkles, but similarly misses the point of meaningful engagement in societal impacts and service to humanity. 

Through My Window takes an entirely different—and more effective—approach by using imaginative, engaging stories—like the Talk to Me novel and our story-based learning adventures.  These narratives show children and young teens that engineering is relevant to their lives and is a profession focused on helping people.  Students engage emotionally with our diverse, realistic characters.  This human-centered approach to teaching engineering is more likely to interest girls than either sparkles or construction.  Best of all, our developmentally appropriate narratives are also incredibly engaging for boys.

From the Through My Window Video Library

What would you do if you saw a friend cheating on a test?

Engineers face ethical dilemmas, too, and those faced by children and young teens have parallels to those faced by engineers.

 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 1223868 and 1223460.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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