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We Can Do It!

Our organization is built on the premise that innovation is cultivated where experimentation is encouraged; that failure is not in conflict with success, but a necessary and crucial part of it.

 

What makes Rosie Riveters unique?

Early Intervention

 

Life Long Skills Building

From age 8 to 14, girls' self-confidence falls by 30 percent. Initial engagement in middle school and high school is simply too late; at this point those participating in STEM activities have already self-selected to seek an opportunity at a time when others in their peer group are losing interest.

Our goal is to provide meaningful engagement with STEM before the drop-off point rather than during it. Children can enroll in Rosie Riveters beginning at age 4 and programs currently extend through middle school; this structure is designed to get young women excited about and interested in STEM well before they encounter barriers discouraging their participation.

 

Through every program and every project, we use STEM skills to engage and ingrain in girls that failure is valuable. That the bumps and bruises of learning and life are what will ultimately help them to succeed. For many it can be a very emotional journey, getting it wrong can be frustrating and hard. In fact, the words we hear the most when we begin a session are “this is hard” and “it’s not fair.” But by the time we’re done, everyone has completed a project- they’ve succeeded and have gained an understanding of the power that comes from learning when you just jump in and try.

Our participants walk away not only with an increased confidence in their abilities but a road map on how to use those abilities in a highly competitive marketplace and in life.

Innovative Programing

 

Commitment to Continued Engagement

When students sit and listen passively in a lecture-style environment, they retain 20 percent of the information. When they are given the chance to practice what they have just learned, that percentage increases to 75 percent.

Our projects don't come with a set of instructions. Instead we equip girls with the knowledge they need to navigate and understand a STEM concept. Using a completed example and a set of objectives, girls design and independently build their own projects.

 

Our goal is to provide at least one 4-week program per year in each market, supplemented by quarterly Saturday "reunion" sessions that allow previous participants to return and build upon their skills. These programs have a proven track record of positive participant re-engagement.

We firmly believe that early and repeated engagement - the key component of our programming structure- is crucial to shifting the representation of women in STEM.

Testimonials

"The Rosie Riveters program is exceptional! It has sparked and encouraged my daughter to be creative, explore, ask questions, and try new things. We have recommended it to others and proudly support this program. Thank you for all that you do to bring STEM to eager-to-learn girls." -Parent survey respondent

"My daughter. . . struggles sometimes with science but Rosie Riveters is the program that makes her love science and enjoy it and really want to do it."-Parent survey respondent

"Before Rosie Riveters [my daughter] was reluctant to take classes on computers or coding, but now she is in a coding class and loves it." -Parent survey respondent

“I just want to say thank you for this wonderful program. My daughter has loved it and now has a new interest in STEM thanks to you.” - Parent survey respondent

“Looking forward to more STEM learning soon! My daughter has really gotten very interested in science and technology since your program. She is hungry for more!” - Parent survey respondent

The Future Is Bright

Your donation will help inspire and motivate girls to try new STEM skills
while helping bridge the gender gap currently found in the sciences.

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Rosie Riveters
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Programs

The core of Rosie Riveters’ programs is a project-based, after-school curriculum for girls aged 4-14 (grades pre-K-8) that is open to the public and is completely free of charge. Each project features:

  • an interactive overview of a STEM concept (density, circuits, chemical reactions, etc.);

  • a tangible and hands-on project that explores that concept;

  • exploration of real-world careers associated with the above project through interaction with mentors.

The hands-on projects at the core of our program teach STEM skills, encourage girls to develop their own creative processes for design and implementation, and enable them to see their skills in action.  All these elements work together to develop each participant’s confidence in her abilities.

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