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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Careers: Strategies for Engaging and Recruiting Girls

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

Tagged Division

Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.1072.1 - 24.1072.13



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Marilyn Barger FLATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence)

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Dr. Marilyn Barger is the Principal Investigator and Executive Director of FLATE, the Florida Regional Center of Advanced Technological Education, funded by the National Science Foundation and housed at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida since 2004. FLATE serves the state of Florida as its region and is involved in outreach and recruitment of students into technical career pathway; has produced award winning curriculum design and reform for secondary and post-secondary Career and Technical Education programs; and provides a variety of professional development for STEM and technical educators focused on advanced technologies. She earned a B.A. in Chemistry at Agnes Scott College and both a B.S. in Engineering Science and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Environmental) from the University of South Florida, where her research focused on membrane separation science and technologies for water purification. She has over 20 years of experience in developing curricula for engineering and engineering technology for elementary, middle, high school, and post secondary institutions, including colleges of engineering. Dr. Barger serves on several national panels and advisory boards for technical programs, curriculum and workforce initiatives, including the National Association of Manufacturers Educators‘Council. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education, a member of Tau Beta Pi and Epsilon Pi Tau honor societies. She is a charter member of both the National Academy and the University of South Florida‘s Academy of Inventors. Dr. Barger holds a licensed patent and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Florida.

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Marie A. Boyette FLATE

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Dr. Marie Boyette is the Associate Director for the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence, FLATE, a NSF Center of Excellence located at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL. Dr. Boyette’s research interests center around data structure and analysis for impact and implementation, and meaningful instructional outcomes for educators, traditional, and non-traditional students. Her practice includes development of experiential learning strategies employed in summer workshops for teachers and exploration of diversity through standard coursework.

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Nina C. Stokes Florida Advanced Technological Education Center

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Nina Stokes joined the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) at HCC in 2011 as Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) Project Manager. She graduated from the University College of North Wales, U.K., with a B.S. in Marine Biology/Zoology before moving to Florida in 1993. She worked at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Marine Research Institute in St. Petersburg as an Environmental Specialist for five years before embarking on a high school science teaching career. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 1996 with an M.A. in Secondary Science Education, and in 2010 with an Ed.S. in Interdisciplinary Science Education. She worked for the City of Tampa for 10 years first as a Water Conservation Education Coordinator, and later moved to the Department of Solid Waste as Recycling Coordinator.

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Recruiting  girls  to  STEM  careers    There  is  no  need  to  reiterate  what  has  become  public  knowledge  in  the  past  several  years  –  we  need  to  recruit  more  women  and  girls  into  STEM  career  pathways.    STEM  careers  generally  provide  higher  wages  and,  therefore  higher  quality  of  life.    There  is  a  need  for  more  STEM  professionals  across  the  country  and  across  business  sectors  –and  increasing  the  number  of  females  can  help  fill  that  gap.    The  Florida  Advanced  Technological  Education  Center  of  Excellence  (FLATE)  has  a  special  initiative  for  recruiting  young  girls  into  STEM  courses  and  careers.    A  pilot  program  in  its  home  county  began  in  June  2013  with  an  intensive  all  day  workshop  at  Hillsborough  Community  College’s  Brandon  Campus  for  local  and  regional  educators.      Attendees  were  invited  to  submit  implementation  plans  for  a  program  in  their  school,  using  the  strategies  learned  at  the  workshop  with  an  implementation  plan  template.  This  poster  and  paper  will  cover  the  details  of  the  workshop  content  and  its  activities  and  the  projects  schools  and  teachers  have  begun  to  boost  their  female  enrollments  in  various  STEM  programs.    FLATE  is  particularly  focused  on  supporting  the  manufacturing  workforce,  and  schools  working  in  related  disciplines  will  be  highlighted.    

Barger, M., & Boyette, M. A., & Stokes, N. C. (2014, June), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Careers: Strategies for Engaging and Recruiting Girls Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23005

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