Full course description

Course Date:

Oct 10 - Oct 24, 2016


2 weeks


4 hrs/week



Course Type:



Certificate (free)


Ignite the passion of STEM inquiry and interest with elementary and middle school girls. This course will explore and discuss high interest activities geared towards girls and foster thinking towards STEM career pathways. Build STEM inquiry through a project based learning going green challenge. Learn how to facilitate engagement among elementary and middle school girls in a variety of environments to include after school programs, STEM integration, Makerspace, and STEAM camp programs.


  • Explore how to create interest among elementary and middle school girls to become interested and engage in topics surrounding STEM using project based learning.
  • Share insights and suggestions on planning your own Girls Going Green STEM program to include integration activities, Makerspace, after school programs or campus.
  • Connect your female students to a Going Green challenges to real world scenarios, fostering creativity and enthusiasm for girls to consider STEM career pathways.
  • Engage with top scientists, educators, engineers, artists, and community organizers to share best practices for achieving community buy-in and funding.

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Course Instructors

Jennifer Horner Miller

Jennifer Horner Miller

PhD ABD Student at University of North Texas, STEM Research Scientist

Jennifer Horner Miller is a curriculum designer and learning technology expert specializing in STEM K12 integration initiatives.

Jennifer has served as a STEAM curriculum and camp teacher for the Perot Museum, is the creator for Why STEAM Learning Lab and is a PhD student attending University of North Texas College of Information Department of Learning Technologies. Read More.

Jennifer created a STEAM camp curriculum with New Jersey Sandra Wozniak. STEAM camp was implemented in 2011, with a research pilot study in rural Texas during the summer of 2012. Jennifer also assisted with the NASA MMS Student Launch party and has developed two Massive Open Online Courses through Canvas's Open Network highlighting NASA MMS Education Outreach programs. Jennifer successfully implemented research initiatives to study student attitudes and perspectives during STEAM camp and in a middle school robotics program the last three years with the University of North Texas. She has done extensive research in STEM and STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) education and has been awarded grant funding for her research initiatives. Currently, Jennifer is completing a PhD study investigating teacher’s attitudes and confidence levels towards technology and STEM within a makerspace environment. She received a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, a Master Technology Teaching certificate, Texas Principal Certificate, TCEA Technology Director Certificate, Technology Applications K-12 Teaching Certificate. Jennifer provides professional services to various K-12 districts in the US.

Maria Harrington

Maria Harrington

Research Scientist

Self proclaimed advocate of public education and squad member. Maria is the instructor of the Connected Learner Program, where she writes and revises curriculum with teachers and PLCS. Read More.

She also works on a district level to build framework for initiatives such a Genius Hour, Virtual School, Flipped Learning and Project Based Learning. She researches and tests the latest tech trends to determine if they are conducive to learning goals. Math is her passion, but so are students and innovation. Her desire has grown from teaching math to fostering the application of mathematical concepts into other contents to provide rich learning experiences for all students. She is the communication liaison for Campus Instructional Technologists Special Interest Group at the Texas Computer Education Association, and is also a Certified Virtual Instructor, Google Certified Trainer and Microsoft Innovative Educator Twitter @mmmariaharr Blog:edtechgirlie@blogspot.com

Troy Cline

Troy Cline

Research Scientist

Troy Cline is the Education and Public Outreach Lead for NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission and STEM Innovation Lab Director. Read More.

He has extensive experience in educational technology, social media, cross-cultural classroom instruction, project management and public speaking. His research based approach has contributed to the development of new education products designed to teach the public about NASA’s 'Earth and Space Science' programs while providing a solid foundation in science and engineering design methods. Many of these projects are enhanced through model building and digital fabrication: the translation of digital designs into physical objects via 2D and 3D printing.