Connecting Scientists, College Students, Middle School Students & Elementary Students through Intergenerational Afterschool STEM Programming

Thursday, 17 December 2015: 11:35
310 (Moscone South)
Nancy A Ali1, Ruth Paglierani2, Claire L Raftery3 and Laura M Peticolas2, (1)University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States, (2)University of California Berkeley, Multiverse, Berkeley, CA, United States, (3)Space Sciences Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, United States
The Multiverse education group at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Lab created the NASA-funded “Five Stars Pathway” model in which five “generations” of girls and women engage in science together in an afterschool setting, with each generation representing one stage in the pathway of pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). The five stages are: elementary-age students, middle-school-age students, undergraduate-level college students, graduate-level college students and professional scientists. This model was field-tested at two Girls Inc. afterschool locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and distributed to Girls Inc. affiliates and other afterschool program coordinators nationwide. This presentation will explore some of the challenges and success of implementing a multigenerational STEM model as well as distributing the free curriculum for interested scientists and college students to use with afterschool programs.