inSTEM's learning environment is built around a love of learning, collaborating with peers and mentors, and bringing the participants' creativity to life. Our programs combine Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics using problem-based learning. In addition, inSTEM involves mentorship and female empowerment by nurturing and encouraging girls (especially those in underrepresented populations) to learn about STEM areas as an option for high school, college, and professional studies.
While our programs are typically held in the College of Education on the DePaul University Lincoln Park campus, this year's summer program will be virtual. Whether in-person or online, inSTEM is specifically designed for rising 6th-8th grade girls to expose them to civil engineering, introduce them to the fundamentals of coding and computer science, engage them in mathematical concepts, cultivate creativity, and teach about mentorship, leadership and empowerment along the way.
In assessing nationwide STEM education initiatives, current research shows that girls are more likely to choose courses and careers in science and math if their interest in these fields is sparked and cultivated throughout the school years.
All of our activities are designed to empower these young women and engage them in all that science, technology, engineering and math have to offer.
inSTEM is led by a combination of DePaul University faculty, staff, and students. In addition, young women who have completed the inSTEM program often return to serve as high school mentors.