The STEM Effect

Developing a Research Action Agenda for Assessing the Long-Term Impacts of STEM Programs for Girls

Twitter Chat | January 16th

Join us for a Twitter chat on January 16th at 2pm EST to discuss challenges of, and promising practices for, assessing medium and long-term outcomes of informal STEM programs for middle and high-school aged girls.

The STEM Effect will be co-hosting a tweet chat with two special guest tweeters who have extensive experience working with girls in STEM and studying the long-term impacts of STEM programs.

· Dr. Linda Kekelis, Advisor STEM Next Opportunity Fund

· Dr. Dale McCreedy, Vice President of Audience and Community Engagement at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring’s

The main questions to be explored:

1. What are elements of programs that achieve long-term impact for girls from diverse backgrounds?

2. What programs support motivated girls to pursue STEM studies and careers?

3. How can informal programs guide motivated girls to other formal/informal programs?

How to Participate:

RSVP for Chat HERE or on Facebook

At 2pm EST on January 16th, participate or follow the discussion on Twitter at #STEMEffect

-Ask questions or share relevant information during the tweet chat by using the hashtag, #STEMEffect.

-Reply to comments and questions posted during the tweet chat to share your thoughts or ask follow-up questions.

-Retweet what you’d like to share with your followers.


The STEM Effect project is a collaborative effort led by the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the Education Development Center (EDC), and the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), to engage cultural organizations around the U.S. in developing a Collaborative Action Agenda for better understanding the mid- and long-term impacts of informal STEM programs for girls.

The project team will engage with these institutions to synthesize their experiences and approaches with the existing research literature on girls in STEM, identify and refine a set of research and programming guidelines and best practices, examine the roadblocks to research, and find opportunities and capacities for gathering and analyzing data needed to understand mid- and long-term impact.

We will conduct this work through collaborative teamwork to brainstorm how programs for girls can have long term impacts. Through a robust social media engagement plan, we invite organizations across the country to share their research and evaluation strategies through social media chats and discussions capturing this content through evaluative best practices and sharing our ideas.

Project Team

  • Dr. Lynda Kennedy, vice president for education and evaluation, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Principal Investigator
  • Dr. Babette Moeller, distinguished scholar for EDC/Center for Children and Technology: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Dr. Alicia Santiago, cultural diversity consultant, National Girls Collaborative Project: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, MAT, assistant vice president for research and evaluation, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Project Coordinator
  • Dr. Wendy Martin, EDC/Center for Children and Technology
  • Karen Peterson, M.Ed, founder and chief executive officer, National Girls Collaborative Project

Communication and Digital Engagement: Nancy Coddington, Director of Science Content, WSKG Public Media and New York

Project Evaluator: Colleen Manning, Director of research, Goodman Research Group

Advisory Board

  • Dr. Jennifer Adams, professor of science education
  • Dr. Quincy Brown, program director for STEM Education Research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Dr. Lynn Dierking, professor in Free-Choice STEM Learning at the College of Science and interim associate dean at the College of Education at Oregon State University
  • Dr. John Easton, vice president of programs at the Spencer Foundation
  • Dr. Roxanne Hughes, director of the Center for Integrating Research and Learning at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Core Project Group

  • California Girls in STEM Network
  • Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Project
  • New York STEAM Girls Collaborative
  • Pennsylvania STEM Girls Collaborative Project
  • Texas Girls Collaborative Project

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