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K-Career Directions for Women

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

K-12 and Pre-college Engineering Poster Session

Tagged Division

K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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25.871.1 - 25.871.9



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Stacy S. Klein-Gardner Vanderbilt University and Harpeth Hall School

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Stacy Klein-Gardner’s career focuses on K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, particularly as it relates to increasing interest and participation by females. Klein-Gardner serves as the Director of the Center for STEM Education for Girls at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tenn. Here, she leads professional development opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for K-12 teachers and works to identify and disseminate best practices from successful K-12, and university and corporate STEM programs for females. This center also leads a program for rising ninth and 10th grade girls that integrates community service and engineering design in a global context.
She continues to serve as an Adjoint Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, where she runs NSF-funded programs such as Research Experiences for Teachers (RET), one of the most long-standing RET programs in the U.S. She has served as the Associate Dean for Outreach in the Vanderbilt School of Engineering from 2007-2010. She established the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) engineering pathway from K-12 with Race to the Top funding in 2010-2011.

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K-Career Directions for WomenA newly funded Center for STEM Education for Girls has been created at the xxx School in xxx, TN. Aprimary goal of this new center is to create collaborations among leading girls’ schools, universityprograms with successful STEM programs for women, informal education for girls, and corporationswhose cultures enable and enhance the success of women in STEM fields. In November, thirty membersfrom these groups will gather to further define the Center’s mission and to create research questions andprogrammatic goals around the next steps needed. This group will draw upon the expertise and researchbackgrounds of many and utilize a group method grounded in a phenomengraphical approach. Thiswork-in-progress will report out on the research and programmatic agendas set by this unique group ofSTEM leaders for females. These agendas will be informative not only for the Center itself but for otherresearchers and STEM educators and employers of women.

Klein-Gardner, S. S. (2012, June), K-Career Directions for Women Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21628

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