Role Models, Mentors, & Families

The Role Model Difference

Research shows that role models are important for expanding career options and introducing girls to STEM careers. While most young children-girls and boys-say that they like science, differences in confidence and interest in STEM begin to emerge in middle school. In high school, girls may enroll in as many advanced math and science courses as boys and perform just as well, but fewer high school girls pursue technical majors in college, particularly in engineering and computer science. Introducing girls to role models can change these outcomes.

The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that only 14% of engineers are women and that 5% of STEM workers overall are from underrepresented groups.

Less than 50% of high school girls know a woman in a STEM career.

Learn About Role Models, Mentors, & Families in STEM

The IF/THEN Ambassadors Program is designed to further women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers.

Featured Webinars

AUDIENCE: For Network Leads and STEM/Moonshot Staff

  • Role Models Matters Training for STEM Volunteers – Techbridge Girls Inc.

    • Ready to train volunteers and role models in your Network, school, or afterschool program? COMPLETE THIS REGISTRATION FORM to gain access to the Role Models Matter training developed by Techbridge Girls.​
  • Incorporating STEM Role Models in Afterschool – National Girls Collaborative Project Team
  • STEM Role Models in Action! – National Girls Collaborative Project Team

Special Materials for Hispanic Heritage Month (September)

The following assets can be used in your programs as you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September):