1000 STEM Women Project
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE "1000 stem wOMEN" pROJECT?
The 1000 STEM Women Project hopes to curate a video library where female scientists can record 90 second descriptions of what type of scientist they are and what they work on!
These videos will be permanently available for ANY K12 (or college) classroom to utilize as a resource for their students to learn about the various types of science disciplines out there. The project hopes to provide an easily accessible resource for students to see some AMAZING female STEM role models.
Here are some examples:
How you can join the 1000 STEM Women Project
If you are a female scientist, please consider contributing a video or promoting on Social Media via #1000STEMWomen.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THESE 90s VIDEOS ARE MEANT FOR K-12 STUDENTS, SO THE LESS TECHNICAL JARGON THE BETTER! I want the students to really understand the diversity of science out there and see how PASSIONATE we all are for what we do!
If you would like to be a part of the 1000 STEM Women Project, you can add a video in 2 ways:
1) Via Flipgrid app ON YOUR PHONE
a) Download the Flipgrid app on your phone (from either Google Play or Apple App Store)
b) When you open the app, type in "1000STEMWomen" as the "grid code" (no spaces)
c) Watch/read the prompt
d) Click "1000 Stem Women" and then click "+ Add your response"
2) Via Flipgrid ON A LAPTOP (no app/software needed, but must have a webcam)
a) Click www.flipgrid.com/7bad90
b) Watch/read the prompt
c) Click big green "+" to add your response
Here's a place to start with how to structure your video:
WHAT DOES GETTING INVOLVED DO FOR ME (AS A PARTICIPANT)?
Other than helping to inspire future generations of scientists, it is a really EASY way to get involved in some science communication (#Scicomm) and some outreach to the general public about science!
HOW THE PROJECT STARTED...
During Spring 2017 I worked with a 6th grade science classroom in Rhode Island via Flipgrid. I would pose a weekly question and they would respond with video responses to the prompt. These prompts were largely focused on ecology. For example, I asked the students to try to determine how many different types of species an ecosystem needs to be "healthy".
The last prompt that I sent asked what other types of scientists they would be interested in meeting/learning about. While the students were very excited to meet/learn about other types of scientists via Flipgrid, I was struck by the lack of diversity in their answers. They said Chemist, Marine Biologist, Astrophysicist, and Meteorologist (for the most part).
While this was good, it was not great.
In their responses, I saw an opportunity for K12 students to learn how many different types of scientists there were beyond these large categories.
I started the 1000 STEM Women Project.
Using Flipgrid, the 1000 STEM Women Project hopes to curate a video library where female scientists can record 90 second descriptions of what type of scientist they are and what they work on.
These videos will be permanently available for ANY K12 (or college) classroom to utilize as a resource for their students to learn about the various types of science disciplines out there. Additionally it provides an easily accessible resource for students to see some AMAZING female STEM role models.
1) Do I have to record my video in Flipgrid and why Flipgrid?
- While you do not NEED to use Flipgrid (on either phone, via the app, or on your laptop) to RECORD your video, it is the easiest way to get your video up. YOU WILL HAVE TO UPLOAD IT TO THE FLIPGRID SITE (www.flipgrid.com/7bad90). Also, you can upload a video that you have made (lets say) on your phone, but we really want them to stay to the 90 second time limit. By using Flipgrid, the program imposes that limit, whereas an uploaded video can often run longer than that. We chose Flipgrid because it is so easy to make a video of the desired length and share it to the website. Also because you can make videos on your phone and on your laptop we thought that this provided maximum flexibility.
2) If I have a video about similar topics can I just upload that video?
- If you have a video already made that covers similar topics, we will accept those (we want to be as inclusive as possible), but often times those videos are more well produced and/or go beyond the 90 second time line. SO, if the only way you can take part in the project is via a video that you have made for another project, we will take it, but we prefer that you use Flipgrid so that the videos are similar in style and length.
3) Who can see these videos?
- Once uploaded the videos are visible to anyone with the link (www.flipgrid.com/7bad90) or anyone who enters "1000STEMWomen" as the "grid code" on Flipgrid.com. So please make sure that anything you put in the videos you are comfortable with (potentially) the whole world seeing.
4) How professional do these videos need to look?
- We want the videos to be really quick and easy for any scientist to make! Also, students these are comfortable now with videos that are taken on cell phones or via webcam, so we do NOT need these videos to be a large scale production. Just you quickly and clearly telling the students who you are, what type of science you do, and what is left to discover in your field. What we really want is that the students see all the different types of female scientists and the passion that you have for the science you do!
5) Will any videos be excluded?
- We want the 1000 STEM Women project to be as inclusive as possible, and so all scientist types are welcome to share their science. However, it should go without saying, but any video that is deemed offensive, derogatory, or demeaning will immediately be removed from the project. There should be no explicit language in any of your videos either (obviously). We want this to be a safe place where students can see STEM Female Role models that they can emulate in the future.