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He Named Me Malala: Inspiring Girls in STEM is a Course

He Named Me Malala: Inspiring Girls in STEM

Ended Oct 14, 2016

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Full course description

Course Date:

Sep 12 - Oct 14, 2016


5 weeks


3 hrs/week



Course Type:





Have you ever heard that science, math, and technology are only for boys? Do you love making new things? Or do you simply want to make a difference in the world?

Malala Yousafzai is a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a lover of science, and an advocate for education for all and for girls' STEM education. She has fought and almost died for her cause, and has proven that girls can do anything.

In this course, you'll get to take a look at Malala's story, as told through the film “He Named Me Malala,” and learn how you can follow her example and your own passions to make a difference through science, technology, engineering, mathematics, education, and beyond!


Students in this course will:

  • Recognize the need for girls' education, particularly in the STEM fields, by analyzing the current trends in STEM education.
  • Research and identify the significant role of Malala and other great women in the areas of female education and STEM fields.
  • Use reflection and discussion to discover at what level they may or may not relate to Malala’s message about the obstacles girls and women face in the pursuit of education in STEM.
  • Share their own voices and contributions with their learning community by creating and sharing a project of their own design based on what they learned in the course.

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Course Instructor

Eileen Mattingly

Eileen Mattingly


Eileen Mattingly has been a classroom teacher in the Philippines, Massachusetts, New York, and Maryland for over 30 years. She has a B.A. in International Studies from Georgetown University, and MA degrees from St. John’s University and Johns Hopkins University. She is strongly committed to using interdisciplinary cross-cultural curriculum to help students understand and appreciate people from other cultures.