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SciGirls Training Day 2

Posted by Jenn Baumstein on
Photo Credit: Jenn Baumstein/WMHT

I want to take a little time to start the blog about STARTING a presentation. The trainers were brought to the TPT board room at 8 AM - that's a relatively early start to a long day or training...but we were welcomed with tea, coffee, and a thoughtful response to our end of day feedback from Monday. However much brain space we exerted yesterday, the SciGirls staff did more. As trainer leaders, showing you are prepared and responsive to your participants' needs is integral to a day's success. Point one from day two, taken! 

We held this incredible pace all day. We participated in “World Cafe's” about the homework reading that was assigned pre-training. We were split into four groups, each summarized their reading and moved in a round robin-esque circle so that we all could learn about the other readings. (see readings links below). 

TPT staff filmed some of the feedback and training sessions which was a nice switch of roles for the day. I noticed myself feeling the camera, and had to remember to a) ignore it and b) trust in their producers and editors’ vision. We're all looking forward to seeing what they create! 

The rest of the day was a combination of doing and learning. Two-thirds of the trainers had the opportunity to lead mock training sessions for educators (the last third will present tomorrow). I led a session that is not quite public yet … so you will have to just wait to see it (or come to my training in March!) and participated in another led by Jennie from Girls Inc. (National). These are some incredibly talented trainers. 

The early afternoon (after a delicious working lunch and my presentation) dove into working with Latinx populations and gave us space to explore and articulate some of our own personal journey/identity. We will continue to analyze our practice in working in and with diverse communities as we move forward with this, and all of our efforts. 

We ended the day with the SciGirls Seven, including a clever acronym to help us remember them: CROSsFiT Mentor! I am looking forward to bringing these resources AND all the incredible icebreakers from the day home to the Capital Region. 

Collaboration
Relevance
Open Ended
Styles of Learning
Feedback
Thinking Critically
Mentor

 

Resources

Girls in IT: the Facts – National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
 
Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering (National Academy of Engineering)
 
Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (American Association of University Women (AAUW))
 
Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (Girl Scout Research Institute)

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