Discovery Education and leading social impact partners are offering engaging, no-cost digital learning resources to students, teachers, and families to support Women’s History Month observances nationwide. Discovery Education is honoring the incredible accomplishments of women leaders during Women’s History Month and beyond with STEM-focused resources encouraging young women everywhere to reach their fullest potential. Discovery Education is the worldwide EdTech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place.
Under the 2022 theme of “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope” these curated resources from Discovery Education introduce students to the women leaders whose innovations make the world a better place for all. Among the resources created in collaboration with leading social impact partners are:
Meet the women cybersecurity experts working to keep us all safe online in the career profiles from Girls4Tech – Mastercard’s signature science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program supported by Discovery Education. Geared towards giving girls in middle and high school access to STEM resources and career exploration tools, this program dives deeply into the topics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cyber security.
The STEM Careers Coalition™ – the first-of-its-kind national STEM initiative powered by corporate and non-profit leaders and anchored in schools by Discovery Education – offers educators a robust array of career profiles featuring diverse women in various industries and job roles. Discover how leaders at places like Procter & Gamble, Lyda Hill Philanthropies, The Caterpillar Foundation, American Petroleum Institute, and more use STEM every day to create innovative solutions to the world’s challenges. These career profiles are accompanied by preparatory materials engaging students in the world of STEM by helping them focus on their career goals with simple strategies, roadmaps, and other easy-to-use digital tools.
Give students the chance to become a world-class scientist through the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier middle school science competition. The annual challenge – created in partnership with 3M as part of the Young Scientist Lab program – invites students in grades 5-8 to compete for an exclusive mentorship with a 3M scientist, a $25,000 grand prize, and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.” Previous winners, such as Sarah Park (2021), Anika Chebrolu (2020), Kara Fan (2019), and Gitanjali Rao (2017), specifically show the power of girls in STEM, along with the women-led Science at Home activities that foster STEM learning anywhere.
Support students on their pathway to STEM success with the new Trade Champions Challenge, presented in partnership Stanley Black & Decker as part of Innovation Generation. The Challenge offers students the opportunity to win $15,000 and introduces students to the unique opportunities offered through trade careers, encouraging them to consider new career or education paths. Inspire ideas for the Challenge with the accompanying career profiles, featuring women STEM leaders from across Stanley Black & Decker.
Join the Equity Talks: Women’s Power & Voice for Women’s History Month featuring the nation’s top education leaders on March 17th at 3 PM ET. Moderated by Dr. Christina Kishimoto, Founder and CEO of Voice4Equity, the 45-minute segment will focus on how school leaders are cultivating equity and excellence in education with a focus on women’s leadership. Learn more and register here.
Discover the fascinating science involved in the pursuit of a new medication and the women scientists leading the way in a Science of Health & Medicine Virtual Field Trip from Generation Health: How Science Powers Us. A dynamic middle school program created with AstraZeneca and Learning Undefeated, this event aims to make science personal through a focus on healthy living. An accompanying educator guide takes the learning further with standards-aligned activities exploring the science of medicine and health.
“I teach with the ‘see it, be it mentality.’ I believe we need to show students, particularly girls, that their ideas are valid, and they already have the power to make their dreams come true,” said Cecilia Wilburn-Davis, a 5th Grade teacher and 2022 Teacher of the Year at Oakbrook Elementary School of the Dorchester Two School District. “With curated resources from Discovery Education and their partners, I can empower my students today to become the leaders of tomorrow.”
Educators and students can find even more resources in the Discovery Education K-12 learning platform on the Women in History Channel and the Encyclopedia Womannica Channel. Connecting educators to a vast collection of high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, intuitive quiz and activity creation tools, and professional learning resources, Discovery Education provides educators a recently enhanced learning platform that facilitates engaging, daily instruction in any learning environment.
“Each girl has the creativity and power to change the world, but we need to support them in their pathway to success. It’s our responsibility to consistently showcase the incredible women out there making the world better for all so today’s students can be inspired by the leaders that look like them,” said Beth Meyer, Vice President of Social Impact at Discovery Education.
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The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.