About the K-12 Statewide Outreach Program
The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (PWSE) at Iowa State University began providing statewide K-12 outreach programming during its founding year in 1986. Our programmatic efforts align with the Vision and Mission of the PWSE. The purpose of our outreach programs is to engage K-12 students in hands-on, experiential activities that foster an interest, and generate an overall awareness of the opportunities in STEM fields so that an increasingly diverse pool of students choose to pursuit and persist in a STEM field.
Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) contribute greatly to Iowa’s and the nation’s capacity for innovation, and are among the United States’ fastest growing and highest paying careers opportunities. Integrative outreach programs are an effective way to promote higher order critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are needed to generate creative local and global solutions.
Signature PWSE Outreach Programs:
Taking the Road Less Traveled Career Conferences for 6th-12th Grade Girls (TRLT)
Six career conferences are offered every year and include opportunities to interact with professionals currently working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Undergraduate women pursuing a STEM degree go in to traditional and non-traditional classrooms throughout the state of Iowa and facilitate hands-on, experiential activities.
Programming opportunities including the BEST (Brownies Exploring Science & Technology) and GEMS (Girl Scouts Exploring Mathematics & Science) workshops.
Additional Outreach Resources:
Information and updates on current research, reports, and links to educational resources.
Interactive and educational STEM resources.