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A Successful Future

Talk with your kids about their interests. STEMisphere helps nurture curiosity in STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and math -- by providing you and your kids the resources needed to learn and grow.

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STEMisphere resources have met one or more of Carnegie Science Center’s quality-check standards:

  • Content focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with an integrated approach.
  • Programs targeting middle school or high school students include a career development component.
  • Opportunities are interactive and hands-on.
  • Curriculum supports skills such as: teamwork, communication, creativity, innovation, problem solving, and critical thinking via project-based learning.

Get Involved

It is important to get involved in any way you can. As a parent, you are the first and strongest advocate for your child’s education and future success. Explore these informational resources with your children to learn more about what they might want to do with STEM:

What does STEM look like in the classroom?

Advancing great teaching in STEM education requires a clear and comprehensive definition of STEM education, one with the flexibility to work across the STEM education spectrum. Based on its extensive experience, and supported by research on content and best practices in education, such as the National Research Council’s A Framework for K–12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, Carnegie Science Center has determined that high-quality PreK–12 STEM education consists of the following essential components:

  • Inquiry-based science and math education: Integrating the most effective, research-based teaching strategies that use curiosity and inquiry as guiding principles.
  • Integrated curriculum: Presenting curriculum in science, math, technology, engineering, literacy, art, and other content areas in an integrated fashion. The real world is not siloed bysubject content. Education should not be either.
  • Project-based group learning: Engaging students in solving real-world problems, which encourage them to use 21st century skills such as teamwork, communication, creativity, innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
  • Career awareness: Exposing students to an array of STEM-related jobs through interaction with STEM professionals. Students learn how science and math concepts apply to the work environment.

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Girls in STEM

Microsoft's New 'Make What's Next' Ad Shows Girls How to Pursue STEM Careers

Tour Your Future: Explore future STEM careers with Tour Your Future. This program gives girls ages 11-17 the opportunity to meet female professionals who work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. 

CanTEEN: CanTEEN, Career Exploration is an innovative resource to inspire girls to see themselves in STEM careers through gaming and online activities.

Click! Spy School: Click! Spy School engages girls ages 10-14 in solving mysteries and completing covert missions using key STEM concepts through informal project-based learning experiences. 

Girls Who Code: Learn to code! Free summer programs and after-school clubs for teen girls. Explore coding in a fun and friendly environment. Find a program near you!

View these PNC Grow Up Great Videos for ideas on activities that may encourage your kids!

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