Click on the video below featuring our STEM programs for girls at Marvell and Tesla Motors.
Kids’ Vision’s Mission
Empower 3rd to 6th grade girls by increasing their interest and knowledge of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art+Design and Math) and helping them to develop useful learning attitudes early in life before their beliefs in limited ability become engraved in their vision of themselves.
Kids’ Vision addresses the main causes that keep most of our girls from pursuing STEAM related careers:
Lack of interest in STEAM
Absence of female role models working in STEAM related careers
Belief in limited ability
Kids’ Vision is a nonprofit organization, and we are unique in many ways:
-We develop our own activities with the participation of high tech employees. For example, our Math activities at Tesla Motors show girls how Tesla uses fractions, estimation, geometry, algebraic thinking, and data and measurement.
-We are a STEAM program. In the high tech industry Art/Design is tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects. We use design thinking to show girls how to solve problems. Another nonprofit, Art in Action, is partnering with us to bring Art into our program.
-During our program girls learn how STEAM is applied in high tech companies. Equally important are the learning attitudes that we help our girls develop: growth mindsets are an important part of our program.
-We work with an average of 40 high tech employees per program, who act as mentors and role models for our girls. Since our activities aim at showing how STEAM is applied, the best people to facilitate those activities are the ones with experience applying STEAM in real life. We mentor our mentors.
-Kids’ Vision favors the participation of low income participants and girls who can benefit from our program regardless of their ethnicity or income. We ask teachers to participate in our selection process, which includes an evaluation of the girls’ mindsets (growth/fixed mindset). We work with Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program participants (who live in East Palo Alto and are being school in Palo Alto and Portola Valley).
Coulter 2006 Management Trust
Jewish Community Federation
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