This experience was life-changing for Eva & Tayo. I believe they truly now understand what it means to have a strong, smart and bold future, regardless of the obstacles they may face. All of our girls and their commitment to excellence inspire and humble me.
-- Linda Boessenecker, CEO of Girls Inc. of Alameda County, CA, speaking of two girls whose InnovaTE3 projects led them to the White House Science Fair
The InnovaTE3 curriculum increases girls’ enrollment in higher-level math and science courses and prepares them for college. At Girls Inc. of Alameda County, CA, which incorporates the curriculum into its Eureka! STEM program, 100% of the 157 girls who completed the program in 2013 graduated from high school. Over the past five years, 98% of participants have gone on to college. The curriculum is portable to Girls Inc.’s 1,500 program sites that reach more than 800,000 girls annually.
Developed by SRI International, TERC and Girls Inc. of Alameda County and funded by the National Science Foundation, InnovaTE3 is a problem-based curriculum that capitalizes on girls’ interest in design and environmental issues. It provides structured interactions with STEM professionals, including having girls participate in engineering teams and presenting their innovations to STEM professionals. InnovaTE3 uses the innovation process, cradle-to-cradle design approach, an embedded assessment system and a six-year continuum of STEM experiences in informal learning environments—two years of Build IT (Girls Building Information Technology Fluency Through Design) in middle school and four years of InnovaTE3 in high school.
InnovaTE3’s goals are to encourage girls to:
The InnovaTE3 program also seeks to build Girls Inc.’s staff capacity to implement and sustain STEM programming.
Materials developed during the InnovaTE3 project include:
National Science Foundation
The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.
Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.
Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.
Ensure work is sustainable.
Demonstrate replicability and scalability.
Create high impact partnerships
Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.
Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience
Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.
Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.
Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.