Grove School Annouces New Program for Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

09/06/12

Grove School Announces Online Science and Technology Partnership

with Byron Academy

The Grove School is partnering with Byron Academy to provide young women with exposure and engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), a national education priority. According to the US Department of Commerce, about one-quarter of bachelor’s degrees awarded to men are in STEM fields, compared with one-tenth conferred on women.

The partnership with Byron Academy will increase the opportunities for young women, grades 7-12 to become exposed to STEM careers and women role models as well as engage in discussions and projects.

“We are excited to provide more access to STEM opportunities for our female students, especially in an online format that will prepare them for college and beyond.  The partnership with Byron Academy is going to enhance Grove’s commitment to individualized, rigorous academics and our emphasis on personal growth and development,” said Kelly Webster, Associate Director.

Byron Academy offers a simple formula to engage female students in STEM education: expose, engage, propel. First, the Academy exposes young women to STEM related education and career paths with real-life examples via weekly technology discussions, a monthly speaker series and volumes of role models. Students then have the opportunity to engage in projects with discussion leaders, instructors or their peers. Finally, students are able to take advantage of unique STEM courses, college search and preparation services and a closed STEM social network.

The partnership is part of a national pilot program, which is offered at no-charge to Grove School or its students. There are over 40 girls enrolled at Grove, and each one will be invited to participate in the Byron Academy program. Most of the programs will be online, accessible from any computer with an internet connection. Over 2,000 young women from around the United States will be participating during the fall. Young women with an interest in science and technology are invited to join at www.ByronAcademy.org

“This unique program combines research and best practices to offer young women with an engaging way to be exposed to the opportunities in STEM related fields,” said Ryan Duques, founder of Byron Academy. “Participating students will have the opportunity to listen to leading women in STEM, connect to peers and STEM professionals, receive academic support and become part of a community that works collaboratively to build confidence.”