Let’s give girls experiences to believe STEM is for them!

                                                   Take a peek at our 2017 summer camp program, click in the image below.

“My role as a mother has inspired me to become a social entrepreneur, using design thinking and the research in STEM education of Jo Boaler and Carol Dweck to design one of the first STEM programs for girls available in the Bay Area.”  -Maria Célérier  Click here to learn more.

Mission

Offer summer camps and after school programs to improve STEM learning and academic achievement for girls in 3rd to 5th grades by applying research-based practices: a) helping girls adopt a growth mindset early in life before their beliefs in limited ability become engraved in their vision of themselves; b) providing girls with the opportunity to meet women and men with STEM jobs who become their role models and mentors; c) showing girls through design thinking and STEM activities how the STEM they are learning at school is being used to create high tech products and how those products are making a difference in people’s lives; d) empowering girls’ parents with tools to help their children develop skills needed to do STEM work, and fostering parent involvement in their kids’ education. 

Why Kids’ Vision?

By the time the average girl starts middle school she has a heavy bag of stereotypes, negative experiences and beliefs regarding Math. That is why we serve girls in 3rd to 5th grades, before their beliefs in limited ability become engraved in their vision of themselves.  

It is difficult for a girl to be interested in something she doesn’t know exists, or believes is just for men. Low income girls have limited access to role models of women in STEM. That is why we partner with high-tech companies, so that our girls can meet the women and men in those companies who become mentors and role models for our girls. 

Many girls become interested in STEM subjects when they are able to do hands-on STEM activities and see the diverse applications of STEM. That is why our program offers girls STEM activities that show them how the STEM they are learning at school is being used to create high-tech products, and how those products are making a difference in people’s lives.

Many parents want to help their kids do well at school, but few know how. That is why we offer parents workshops, during which parents acquire the tools to model a growth mindset to their children, so they can embrace the challenge of preparing for college.

 

Accomplishments

– Helped 478 girls to develop confidence, interest and the skills to perform high in STEM subjects

– Helped 240 parents learn best practices in Math education and growth mindsets

– Mentored 120 high tech employees to facilitate STEM activities to help girls develop their confidence, interest and skills to do STEM

– Offered daily homework support, leadership skills development to our girls and college readiness information to their parents, thanks to our partnerships

Metrics before the Kids’ Vision program 

Girls 

– 99% of participants revealed not knowing any person with a STEM job

– 90% of girls believed that STEM jobs were jobs men did

– 60% of participants revealed lack of confidence to do STEM work. The same percentage believed STEM jobs seem boring and too hard

– 85% of girls revealed that they were not applying the math they were learning at school in their everyday lives

– 95% of participants told us their #1 motivation to go to college when they grow up is to help improve people’s lives

– 80% of girls did not believe a STEM career could enable them to help improve people’s lives

– 45% of participants revealed a fixed mindset

Parents

– 95% of participating parents reported having difficulties figuring out how to help their kids perform well at school. Most participants gave examples of frustration while trying to help their kids with math homework.

– 45% of participants revealed a fixed mindset.

– 90% of participants reported not knowing what to do regarding stereotypes about women and STEM.

Metrics after the Kids’ Vision program

Girls 

– 100% of participants had learned from 5 mentors what they did in their STEM jobs, and what skills they developed (using their growth mindset) to do those jobs. – 100% believed that STEM jobs were also jobs women did

– 100% of participants revealed confidence to do STEM work. The same percentage believed STEM jobs were interesting and challenging

– 100% of girls reported that during our program they were able to apply STEM to put together functioning prototypes of real products that improve people’s lives

– 95% of participants told us their #1 motivation to go to college when they grow up is to help improve people’s lives

– 100% of girls believed a STEM career could enable them to help improve people’s lives

 – 95% of participants revealed a growth mindset 

Parents

– 100% of participants reported learning about the importance of growth mindsets to their children’s performance at school.

– 100% of participants revealed a growth mindset. The same percentage revealed learning how to model growth mindsets to their children at home.

– 100% of participants reported knowing what to do regarding stereotypes about women and STEM. Some of them were surprised to learn they had believed some of the stereotypes.

Partnership

Kids’ Vision has partnered with schools, Girls on the Run, and Young Dreamers to help girls stay on track at school with leadership programs and daily help with homework. Kids’ Vision has partnered with Innovate Public Schools to offer parents information on academic requirements needed in elementary, middle and high school to be ready for college. Kids’ Vision partners with high tech employees to provide girls with role models of women in STEM.  

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