About the Girls, Math & Science Partnership
The Girls, Math & Science Partnership (GMSP) was created to address issues regarding girls, their participation in science, and the expansion of their opportunities in and influence on the science and technology workforce. Working with girls ages 11-17, their teachers, parents, and mentors, GMSP draws organizations, stakeholders, and communities together in an effort to ensure that girls succeed in math and science. The partnership's mission is to engage, educate, and embrace girls as architects of change. In 1999, The Heinz Endowments began collaborating with the Alcoa Foundation and Family Communications, Inc. to, incubate the partnership, establishing its commitment to scientific literacy projects. GMSP moved to Pittsburgh�s Carnegie Science Center in 2005; the Science Center provides the administrative home for the partnership and acts as a steward of its continuing mission.
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BrainCake.org is an online sisterhood for girls ages 11-17, which features programs, scholarships, virtual mentoring, girl blogs, homework help, research, and resources in a framework that integrates pop culture, science, and learning. Sections for mentors, teachers, and stakeholders interested in gender equity are included. The site draws more than 30,000 individual visitors monthly, receives more than 12 million hits a year, and serves a growing member database of 12,500+ users from 70 countries across the globe.
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New! BrainCake apparel is now available for wholesale purchase nationwide. Check out these stylish ways you can show that you just may change the world! Interested in starting a science club for girls at your school or after school program? Click here for information about our BrainCake Club kit, which contains activities, materials, fun giveaways, and educator resources!
Click! Camps this Summer!
The complete Click! trilogy—a biomedical mystery for rising sixth-graders, an environmental mystery for rising seventh-graders, and a technological mystery for rising eighth-graders—is fully developed and available for purchase, training, and replication across the country.
New! The Girls, Math & Science Partnership’s proposal to the competitive MacArthur Foundation 2010 Digital Media and Learning Competition was selected as one of just 10 winners from around the world! In 2010 and 2011, GMSP will develop Click!Online, a web-based, augmented reality game based on the Click! summer program. Check back soon for more information!
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The Girl Solution: A Gender Equity Toolkit
The Girl Solution is an innovative resource for educators, after-school programs, and girl-serving agencies that helps engage and sustain middle-school girls' interest in science, math, engineering, and technology at a time when they are likely to lose interest in these subject areas.
The toolkit is available for sale in two formats: our physical toolkit includes numerous classroom tools along with a resource CD that’s navigated by our “Periodic Table of Contents” and loaded with 100+ pages of research, classroom evaluation tools, techniques for engaging girls, curriculum about women scientists, and additional resources for gender equity and STEM. Our new electronic toolkit offers digital access to the same great resources offered on the original resource CD and unlocks other great online features. For more information, contact GMSP at BrainCake@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
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GirlTalk Radio is an after-school program designed to immerse middle school girls in media production, audio engineering, and interviewing techniques with female mentors. During the program, participants conduct, edit, and broadcast to a live audience of 80,000 listeners through a partnership with The Saturday Light Brigade. This chance to interview emerging and established female mathematicians, scientists, and engineers connects generations of future scientists to women who are in these fields today.
Download podcast interviews from GirlTalk Radio’s first two seasons!
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Can*TEEN is a career exploration toolkit for teen girls that is designed to connect girls to science in a way that captures their imagination and cultivates their interest in science as a career. Can*TEEN puts girls in touch with resources, mentors, curriculum, and each other to inspire girls' choices of seeing science as their career and a way to make a difference in the world.
About the Kit
Girls navigate each STEM discipline with the help of virtual hosts—avatars, based in part on Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, each with unique personalities and interests and with whom girls can identify on a personal level. The kit includes CDs for science, technology, engineering, and math that are loaded with profiles of female role models, cool activities, information on class selection and scholarships, and online resources. Can*TEEN is also full of classroom tools for teens, like a ruler-calculator, a periodic table of elements, and more. Kits are available for sale online.
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Tour Your Future
Tour Your Future is a free career-exploration program that uses in-person, immersive experiences to expose girls to a diverse range of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Each month, GMSP offers an interactive site tour and discussion for a small group of girls (in grades 7–10) with female professionals working in STEM careers at a research or industry site in the Pittsburgh region.
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