Breaking Barriers and Shaping the Future: Middle Schoolers Unleash STEM Superpowers with Female Global South Icons (73942)

Session Information: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Session Chair: Ghada Salama

Thursday, 23 November 2023 13:40
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 607
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

As recent pedagogical strategies aim to promote and integrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), it is important to create a more inclusive and equal learning environment. This paper presents an initiative to engage students with STEM through introductions to renowned female Global South icons who have made indelible contributions to their STEM fields. The program is designed to inspire young minds and foster an appreciation of these remarkable female Global South scientists and engineers. Texas A&M University at Qatar’s STEM Outreach program met with students from multiple schools, hosting workshops that familiarized them to a variety of STEM topics and Global South pioneers. For example, the life and contributions of famed architect Dame Zaha Hadid was discussed to introduce engineering design and civil engineering principles; emphasizing her architectural design and engineering of the lauded Al Janoub Stadium of Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022. Students were tasked with designing their own structures, simple sand castles, and tested their load capacity. The success of this program is a motivator for future women of the Global South programs currently in development, with contributions from different STEM fields. Future programs will maintain a standard methodology to ensure they can be shared and independently developed by educators to shed light on the underappreciated female professionals of the Global South.

Ghada Salama, Texas A & M University at Qatar, Qatar
G.Benjamin Cieslinski, Texas A & M University at Qatar, Qatar
Tala Katbeh, Texas A & M University at Qatar, Qatar
Syed Abidi, Texas A & M University at Qatar, Qatar

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Ghada Salama is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Texas A&M at Qatar in Qatar

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00