Dean Kevin Belfield is presenting in front of a group of STEM educators at NJIT

Leadership, and iSTEAM for Females in Elementary school (LiFE)

Title

NSF INCLUDES DDLP: Leadership and iSTEAM for Females in Elementary school (LiFE): An Integrated Approach to Increase the Number of Women Pursuing Careers in STEM

Sponsors

NSF INCLUDES

Arconic Fundation

Abstract

The Leadership, and iSTEAM for Females in Elementary school program, will work to develop and strengthen STEM clubs for 3rd -6th girls and incorporate leadership, collaboration, and other skills through interactions with role models and through participation in various support activities and auxiliary events.
NSF Award Abstract #1744490

Role

Bruce Bukiet (Principal Investigator)
James Lipuma (Co-Principal Investigator)
Nancy Steffen-Fluhr (Co-Principal Investigator)

A group of girls wearing purple T-shirts with the LIFE logo and the subtitle "Girls can!"

About the project

Our Vision

Our vision is to demonstrate the small-scale success of our ideas and develop a plan of action 9a playbook that can be used to replicate the project across the country.

Over the longer term, we hope LiFE will grow to become a “cradle to career” project with a network of women at all stages of education and career mentoring and being mentored by near-peers toward success in STEAM pursuits.

Thus, we will also work to gather partners to create an alliance and pursue funding opportunities (including to become a backbone of an NSF INCLUDES Alliance) that will enable the program to expand nationally.

Our Goals

  • To develop a “cradle to career” network of women at all stages of education and career mentoring and being mentored by near-peers toward success in STEAM pursuits.
  • Develop a “playbook” that is customizable to local particulars for developing interest in exploration, STEM/STEAM pursuits, and to promote skill development (leadership, communication, collaboration, and more) and provide opportunities and events to increase girls’ persistence in STEAM.

Related Links

NJIT LiFE website https://www.njit.edu/lifegrant/

Network Spotlight: Leadership and iSTEAM for Females in Elementary School (LiFE) project https://www.includesnetwork.org/blogs/nsf-includes-coordination-hub1/2019/10/10/network-spotlight-leadership-and-isteam-for-female

Citation

Bukiet, B., Lipuma, J. M., & Steffen-Fluhr, N. (2017, September 8). NSF Award Search: Award#1744490—NSF INCLUDES DDLP: Leadership and iSTEAM for Females in Elementary school (LiFE): An Integrated Approach to Increase the Number of Women Pursuing Careers in STEM [..Gov]. https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1744490

To site this page please use:

Lipuma, J. (2020, May 8). Leadership, and iSTEAM for Females in Elementary school (LiFE). James Lipuma´s Blog. https://www.jameslipuma.com/project/leadership-and-isteam-for-females-in-elementary-school-life/