Metrics & Testimonials

The role models (mentors) effect

As the AAUW’s 2000 report, Tech Savvy, makes clear, the negative stereotype that STEM fields are dominated by “nerdy” men who work in isolation from other people and real-life problems contributes heavily to the continued gender disparity in STEM fields in both higher education and industry. Further, girls tend to prefer careers in which they have opportunities to help others. When interviewed, girls report that they do not recognize the collaborative, social, or human applications of STEM fields such as engineering and computer science. Convincing girls that in STEM fields collaboration is the rule, not the exception, can be difficult to do. Similarly, girls need clear examples of how all STEM fields have socially relevant applications. Role models and mentors can prove to be very effective in this vein. By familiarizing girls with women whose daily work experiences include a high degree of connection to others and an ongoing and meaningful engagement with their society, Kids’ Vision is able to reshape the conceptions that girls have about STEM fields.

The mindset effect

Many academic initiatives have tried to resolve the problem of poor academic performance, with little success. Stanford Professor Carol Dweck’s research shows that a growth mindset leads to higher academic achievement. Professor Dweck has proven that helping students realize they can grow their intelligence over time with hard work and perseverance is an effective remedy to improve performance. 

The hands-on STEM activities effect

Having the opportunity to team up with mentors who have STEM jobs, and being able to solve community problems using STEM, proved to the girls that they too have what it takes to do STEM work.

The effect of learning how STEM improves people’s lives

Research shows that students’ beliefs about the relevance of math or science to themselves, their lives, and their society is pivotal to their academic performance, because a sense of purpose fuels tenacity. 

Mentors’ Testimonials

Cheryl Jennings, journalist @ abc News

I enjoyed seeing the light in their eyes when they figure out they really are smart and capable and can tackle science, technology, engineering and math, when someone cares enough to take the time to make it interesting and fun. The Kids’ Vision program helps girls build self-esteem, confidence and take risks, fail and learn to succeed from those efforts.

Shri Menon, engineer @ Google

It was such an amazing, humbling and gratifying experience to be part of the Kids’ Vision program yesterday. The work that Kids’ Vision does by exposing girls to STEM careers, imbibing the growth mindset at the right age, is commendable. 

Lisa Sanchez

At Kids’ Vision girls learn about different careers and jobs that they can ALL do. There was also a lot of team building exercises. I had an amazing time being able to help young girls build up their confidence and showing them that they can do whatever they set their mind to. I believe the program opens their eyes to new experiences, and builds confidence.