Monumental Youth Leadership Conference

In August of 2013 we ran one of the pilot AspireIT programs for NCWIT (The National Center for Women and Information Technology).  This program allows high school students to apply for a grant to design and lead technology programs for middle school girls.

After completing the Robot Springboard Technology Camp @ Drexel we learned, through NCWIT, of an opportunity to submit a workshop proposal to the Monumental Youth Leadership Conference held in Washington DC from April 9th to the 12th.  Along with a terrific group of women high school students from Phoenix Arizona we submitted a workshop titled:  "Implementing Successful Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) Programs:  The AspireIT Program".  

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We had two goals for our workshop:  (1) To showcase the incredible success of the general concept of the AspireIT program in helping get middle school girls interested in STEAM and (2) To empower workshop attendees to be able to hold STEAM programs of their own.  We held mutiple conference calls with NCWIT and the women from Phoenix to prepare our submission for the conference and were incredibly excited in November when we learned our workshop was accepted.  From November 2013 to April 2014 we "met" monthly via conference calls and collaborated through online shared drives.

We were really pleased with how the workshop turned out and found the entire experience of leading a workshop at a national meeting a tremendous learning and growth opportunity.

We were especially pleased with the number of educators and students who attended our workshop.  Post workshop surveys rated this workshop as "one of the best of the entire conference"!

A link to both a video of our conference and the actual Prezi used are below.

The Prezi below contains video from NCWIT, our workshop presentation and the Phoenix group's presentation.  We are indebted to Zoe Berk for merging all three Prezis into a single frame.