Miller Middle School is one of just six schools statewide to be selected as part of the University of Iowa College of Engineering Femineers Adopt-a-School Program, which will bring new STEM learning opportunities to middle school students over the next three years.
Miller Extended Learning Program (XLP) teacher Ann Jackson said she applied for the Femineer program to bring another high-quality STEM educational opportunity to the middle school. She said the program will provide teacher training, and there will be a focus on increasing participation in STEM educational activities among female students.
“It is our goal with the Femineer program to expose our female students to STEM areas and help them discover that they are as capable of success in STEM areas as their male counterparts,” Jackson said. “The program will be implemented next year for Miller’s XLP students, but we are actively looking for ways to bring the curriculum to all of Miller’s female students.”
Each year of the program’s three-year implementation will have a unique area of focus. Creative Robotics will be the theme in the first year, followed by Wearable Technology in year two, and Pi Robotics in year three.
For each of the three themes, students will work on a project to be presented at the Femineer Summit in the spring.
The Femineer program is a teacher training program that was created and funded by Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Engineering in 2013 to inspire young women to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). For more information on the U of I College of Engineering Femineers Adopt-a-School Program, click here.