Capstone Project Title
This capstone is titled “Helping Female and Nonbinary Identifying Students Grow Confidence in the Science Classroom”. The focus is on finding and sharing resources that will help girls and nonbinary students feel encouraged, interested, and motivated to pursue studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields and careers. This topic is influenced by the author’s experience as a female student studying science in school, as someone with two science teacher parents, and as a female high school science teacher. First hand experience influenced this topic greatly. A literature review was conducted to research what has been done to improve this gender gap. Effective strategies for encouraging girls in STEM were researched. The information collected in the literature review was used to guide the development of a website, free for educators. This website includes various free resources for teachers to use to help encourage their female and non-binary identifying students to pursue STEM fields. It links sources that include role models, hands-on activities, and research into STEM careers and workers. Many resources that were found were focused on providing students with role models in STEM fields. A lack of resources to help encourage LGBTQ+ students in STEM fields was evident during development of the website, and more research is needed in this area.
Curriculum, Gender, Science, Teachers/ Teaching
McDonald, Mari, "Helping Female and Nonbinary Identifying Students Grow Confidence in the Science Classroom" (2023). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 902.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects