Happy Women’s History Month! This month, we’re excited to honor the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society, especially to the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science. We are thrilled to highlight the accomplishments of those who led the way for others in their respective fields and to provide the following list of resources for learners and professionals interested in supporting women in STEM, and celebrating Women’s History month all month long.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, highlights a growing movement to inspire girls’ futures so they learn they have a place in engineering a better world.
3 Female Inventors You Should Know
Highlights three Black women whose scientific inventions influenced their fields of science and changed lives.
Professional Development Resources for Female Educators
Discover organizations working to promote women’s excellence in STEM, from students at the university level to professionals throughout their careers.
From EiE®, take a look at our Engineering is Elementary® Storybooks for grades 1–5, featuring real-world connections that build STEM literacy and ignite imaginations. Through the diversity of cultures represented in the stories, the mix of genders, ethnicities and abilities, children are better able to see themselves in the characters represented in the stories, making learning more engaging and personal.
Try these favorites featuring girls and women in STEM, or check out all of our engineering storybooks!
Aisha Makes Work Easier: A potato chip lover, Aisha begs her older brother Malcolm to bring her to the potato chip factory where he is an industrial engineer. By visiting the potato chip factory, the Aisha and her cousin Tanya learn how simple machines and the design of industrial systems make work safer for laborers. The trip inspires the girls to create a simple machine system of their own.
Despina Makes a Splash: Despina is a girl who dives right into challenges and new experiences. Her favorite place for exploring with her cousins Chrisanthy and Nikolas is the water. Finding a mysterious object bobbing at the surface of the sea sets the trio off on an adventure. Nikolas, an ocean engineer, thinks he might know what the metal box is. Could it be a treasure? With Nikolas’s help, Despina and Chrisanthy plunge into designing a submersible to help them retrieve the mystery object.
Saving Salila’s Turtle: An animal lover, Salila is disturbed to find a turtle in polluted water near her home in India. Salila’s mother, an environmental engineer, and Dr. Ashok Gadgil, a scientist, help Salila learn about water pollution, microbes, and the ways that water can be purified. With this information, Salila begins to think about ways that she could filter pollutants out of water. Will she be able to design a filter to help her create a pollution-free habitat for her turtle?
And don’t miss our Make STEM HerStory flyer for even more storybook favorites, perfect for celebrating!
Check out our Women’s History Month Roundup from 2021 to find even more ideas to celebrate all month long!
We know that 57% of children think engineering is more for boys and 65% of scientists say their passion began before middle school, so we are dedicated to ensuring ALL girls see themselves in STEM and are empowered to become tomorrow’s innovators. Using the comment section below, let us know how you used any of these resources or more in your teaching.