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GSE/EXT: Girls RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) Museum Network

October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2015 | Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks

Based on nearly two decades of museum programming for low-income Hispanic and African American girls at the Miami Science Museum, this extension service project employs a train-the-trainers approach to build a network of museum-based Extension Agents dedicated to helping informal science educators attract the interest and support the persistence of minority girls, grades 6-12, currently underrepresented in STEM studies. Led by the Miami Science Museum, the collaboration brings together an experienced group of institutions with representation from the informal science, gender research, and engineering communities. In addition to the Museum, the Expert Project Team consists of key staff from the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and SECME Inc. (formerly the Southeastern Consortium of Minorities in Engineering), who serve as the conduit for the participation of minority engineering professional organizations. An advisory/research panel of researchers in gender in STEM, whose work complements those of the project investigators, works closely with the Expert Project Team to prepare Extension Agents from ten geographically dispersed museums, who in turn provide a range of training and peer mentoring services to the practitioner community of informal science educators in science-rich institutions nationwide. Participating museums include: Connecticut Science Center (Hartford, CT), New York Hall of Science (New York, NY), Maryland Science Center (Baltimore, MD), Miami Science Museum (Miami, FL), COSI (Columbus, OH), St. Louis Science Center (St. Louis, MO), Louisville Science Center (Louisville, KY), Sci-Port (Shreveport, LA), Explora (Albuquerque, NM), and California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco, CA).


Award Number: 0937245
Funding Amount: 2599849


  • 2015 05 31 Judy Brown
    Principal Investigator
    Miami Science Museum
  • Laura Huerta Migas
    Co-Principal Investigator
    Association of Science-Technology Centers
  • Michele Williams
    Co-Principal Investigator
    SECME Inc.
  • Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM
    Audience: Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum/ISE Professionals | Youth/Teen (up to 17)
    Environment Type: Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks | Resource Centers and Networks
    Access and Inclusion: Ethnic/Racial | Black/African American Communities | Hispanic/Latinx Communities | Women and Girls

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