Open Forum on Broadening Participation

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  • 1.  WELCOME OFBP

    Posted 10-22-2021 12:22 PM
    Dear Open Forum Community Member,
    Over the past few months we have been diligently working on restructuring the Open Forum online space. The Open Forum on Broadening Participation in STEM (OFBP) is an online community meant for sharing current and historical knowledge on broadening participation in STEM.
    We're excited to connect with all of you again and share such important work!

    Please use the space below to introduce yourself, what you know and would like to learn on Broadening Participation in STEM, and any ideas on future post and resources for this site!


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    Jishyra Serrano-Lopez
    AAAS
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  • 2.  RE: WELCOME OFBP

    Posted 12-08-2021 09:49 AM
    This is really exciting, Jishyra! Congratulations on the launch, I know how hard you've worked to put this community together.

    Hi everyone, I'm Erin Conn and I'm the Community Engagement Manager for SEA Change here at AAAS. Something I'm really looking forward to with OFBP is the relaunch of the Reflecting on Our Roots essays by Shirley Malcom. I think its incredibly important for us to understand the historical events and contexts that have shaped our progress so far as we continue our diversity, equity, and inclusion work in STEMM.

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    Erin Conn, PhD
    Washington DC
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  • 3.  RE: WELCOME OFBP

    Posted 12-09-2021 12:11 PM
    Hi Erin!

    Welcome and thank you so much for joining us! We're excited to provide these resources and will be sharing more updated Reflecting on Our Roots essays in the upcoming months. We're looking forward to having open discussions on specific subjects centered around broadening participation in STEM

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    Jishyra Serrano-Lopez
    AAAS
    Rochester NY
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  • 4.  RE: WELCOME OFBP

    Posted 07-15-2022 08:49 PM
    Hello!

    My name is Karen Bruening, and I am a science teacher at Pensacola High School in Pensacola, Florida. I am excited to read about what people are doing to broaden participationnin STEM, and to share some of the things that I am doing to broaden participation in STEM!

    I teach traditional freshman, mostly, in the subject of Earth and Space Science. I also sponsor the Engineering Club, and I have one class devoted to the club.

    This past school year, one of my students was chosen by the National Academy of Engineering as an EngineerGirl Ambassador. Her name is Grace Williams, and she is about to start her senior year in the International Baccalaureate program. Her outreach project is called M.E.-Making Engineers. We invited middle school girls from both Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties in Florida to participate in monthly workshops on engineering from November through May, then had a summer camp the last week of June. Throughout the year, we had various engineers, mostly female, meet with the girls and talk about their jobs and do projects with them. We averaged around 20 young women at the meetings. It went so well that we are continuing the program and expanding it to 2 meetings per month.

    One other thing I am doing, with the help of the Engineering Club, is outreach to elementary schools, like making a booth to go to their Science  Nights, where they invite parents and their students to come have STEM experiences together. We have also started making some short science videos to help elementary school teachers who struggle to find the time to include science in their instructional plans.

    I look forward to hearing from folks that have ideas for other things that can be done to improve STEM participation!! These are a few things we are doing here. Most of these ideas are student ideas which I am more than happy to facilitate!

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    Karen Bruening
    PENSACOLA FL
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  • 5.  RE: WELCOME OFBP

    Posted 08-03-2022 08:55 AM
    Hi Karen! Thanks for sharing and welcome to the Open Forum and welcome! It's very exciting to hear about these outreach efforts and your participation in education and engineering.

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    Jishyra Serrano (She/Her)
    Community Engagement Manager
    OFBP
    AAAS
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  • 6.  RE: WELCOME OFBP

    Posted 08-03-2022 06:42 AM

    Greetings:


    I am Bill Watson, a retired NASA technical manager and a new volunteer at the welcome counter of the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) - Visitor's Center.  My education was in physics (BS, MS) and my career was in space satellite communications.


    The range of STEM and space enthusiasts coming through the doors continues to impress me, from coloring book stage to prospective astrophysicists.  The GSFC is located in Prince George's County, Maryland; a predominantly Black and Hispanic population with 17% White.


    The Visitor Center has an extensive outreach program both on the Web and In Real Life with workshops, lectures, demonstrations, teacher resource room as well as science mission themed display hall and video theater.  Based on my 27 years at GSFC and 8 years at HQ it does seem that engineering might be underrepresented - I'll have to work on that.  The James Webb Space Telescope has been a hot topic.


    My most rewarding experience so far has been the one-on-one interaction over the counter, eliciting the visitor's interests and questions and doing what I can to provide insights and sources of information.  I am learning that eye contact and listening first are important.  Keeping exchanges concise and age or culture appropriate also matter.  At the end of my two hour shifts and 20 to 40 visitors later I am energized and exhausted.



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    William Watson
    BOWIE MD
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  • 7.  RE: WELCOME OFBP

    Posted 08-04-2022 01:29 PM
    Hi Bill! Thank you so much sharing and welcome to the Open Forum! It's very exciting to hear about your experience working with various populations; we'll make sure to share engineering specific resources on the history of Broadening Participation in STEM. Again, welcome!

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    Jishyra Serrano (She/Her)
    Community Engagement Manager
    OFBP
    AAAS
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