Million Girls Moonshot


Montana Afterschool Alliance Joins Nationwide Effort to Close the Gender Gap in STEM

The Million Girls Moonshot seeks to re-imagine who can engineer, who can build, who can make. It will inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators by engaging one million more girls in STEM learning opportunities through afterschool and summer programs over the next 5 years.

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Professional Development Opportunities

Let's get started! In addition to the resource and guidance to help all youth develop an engineering mindset, we're pleased to offer these upcoming professional development opportunities FREE of charge. Click the links for more info and registration.

Role Models Drive Equity Webinar Series

Part I: March 2nd, 2-3pm MST — Recording

Part II: March 23rd, 2-3pm MST — Register Here

Part III: April 27, 2-3pm MST — Register Here

Imagining & Planning for Quality: Exploring Goals to Guide to Guide Our Work, March 11th, 1-2pm MST — Register Here

Creating Change: Leveraging DoS toward Continuous Growth, March 30th, 1-2pm MST — Register Here

Role Models Matter 101, April 13th, 2-3pm MST — Register Here

Previous Webinar Recordings

Engineering Practice Support Equity Webinar Series

Part I: Recording and Engineering Mindset Activities

Part II: Recording and Engineering Mindset Activities

Part III: Recording and Engineering Mindset Activities

Equity and Inclusion Webinar Series

Equity and Inclusion Framework: Part 1 — Recording

Equity & Inclusion in Afterschool: The Importance of Broadening Participation — Recording & Materials

Engineering and Design with Technovation Webinar Series

Session 1: Recording & Materials

Session 2: Recording & Materials

Session 3: Recording & Materials

More Million Girls Moonshot Webinars

Diverse Role Models and Mentors

The Million Girls Moonshot current focus is on diverse role models and mentors as a strategy to strengthen equity and inclusion across Afterschool Networks (MTAA) and in STEM programs (you). Below, you will find resources that will help you incorporate STEM role models and provide examples of role models in action in your programs!

  • IF/THEN COLLECTION ASSETS: Role Model Profile Videos — The below assets are free profile videos of IF/THEN Ambassador and nuclear engineer, Dr. Ciara Sivels.

  • TOOLKIT: Creating Connections with Role Models: The Power of Collaboration — This guide is designed to help recruit and prepare role models to inspire girls in science, technology, and engineering. Techbridge Girls outlines our “recipe for success” for role models and provides tips for training. While this guide has been designed with input from partners in the National Girls Collaborative Project, we encourage you to tailor our suggestions to meet the needs of your role models and the interests of your girls.

  • IF/THEN COLLECTION ASSETS: The below assets feature IF/THEN Ambassador, Dr. Ciara Sivels, a nuclear engineer and role model. Free activity sheet and accompanying video from GoldieBlox’s Curiosity Camp series.

Developing an Engineering Mindset

10 Critical Features of High-Quality Engineering Experiences

Engineering Mindset Brief - Read more about the 10 Engineering Practices here!

Equity and Inclusion Framework

As STEM builders, it is critical to explore how to support programs to engage and nurture all young people’s interest in STEM learning. We need to address how programs are designing and implementing programming to broaden participation in STEM for learners in poverty, learners of color, learners in rural areas, and girls in STEM. Working with national experts, STEMNext has developed an Equity and Inclusion Framework that will be a useful guide for supporting programs in this transformation. Wondering how this framework can be used? In this webinar, presenters will describe the concept and related strategies, share relevant resources, and showcase examples of Broadening Participation in action in the afterschool field.

Want to build your understanding of engineering, equity and inclusion, and STEM? Check out this webinar: Elevating Youth Voice in STEM Programming

This recorded webinar explores the research behind youth-focused programming and two exemplary STEM programs that uplift and empower their youth. Presenters share their knowledge and first-hand experiences promoting or using their voices and developing leadership skills to support and promote STEM learning in their communities Recording and resources here.

Read the Equity and Inclusion Framework!

Having role models is so key. It’s important for girls to see other women in STEM fields because it really lets them picture themselves there in the future. It helps them see that they can truly aspire to that dream.
— Bettina Chen

Montana Afterschool Alliance is funded by the Mott Foundation and works in partnership with the Million Girls Moonshot to bring STEM learning opportunities to girls and Native students throughout the state of Montana.