"Chevron is proud to partner with Techbridge and support their STEM afterschool programs and support for families and afterschool teachers. Together, we are increasing STEM literacy and learning outcomes by getting students excited about STEM and increasing the capacity of teachers and districts to provide high-quality STEM education."
-- Blair Blackwell, Manager, Education and Corporate Programs, Chevron.
Surveys show that Techbridge gets girls excited about STEM, increases their confidence, and expands their career options. Techbridge leaders believe that, with additional funding over the next three years, they could reach at least 1,000 girls through their afterschool programs, and 25,000 girls nationally through their partnership with Girl Scout councils.
The program goals are as follows:
In 2008, Techbridge formally launched Girls Go Techbridge, a partnership with Girl Scout councils, which brings Techbridge curriculum and career resources to Girl Scout councils nationwide. In the pilot, selected councils were in Northern California, Central Texas, Central Maryland and West Central Florida. In 2010, the Noyce Foundation awarded a scale-up grant to expand the partnership to reach 15,000 Girl Scouts over three years.
It costs roughly $1,500 per girl to support a new Techbride afterschool site, and about $150 per girl to expand Girls Go Techbridge. Launching the intensive Techbridge afterschool program in a new city can cost between $350,000 and $400,000 for 8 programs that reach 240 girls. Techbridge also seeks volunteers to host girls at their work places, visit afterschool programs, or even help create curriculum.Funders and Partners
Funders: Stephen Bechtel Fund, National Science Foundation, Noyce Foundation, Chevron Corporation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Strategic Partners: Girl Scout councils, National Girls Collaborative Project, Society of Women Engineers
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.