YWCAs’ Programs Address Girls’ Resiliency, STEAM Proficiency

YWCA Glendale and YWCA Pasadena will offer a new, once-a-week after-school program for girls ages 12-15 this school year.
The Girls Circle model is a structured support group and integrates resiliency practices and skills training in a format designed to increase positive connection and personal and collective strengths in girls.
Glendale Girls Circle will be held on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m., and Pasadena Girls Circle will be held on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for the first school semester, with sessions beginning on Sept. 8 and 10.
The two YWCAs will also jointly implement programming known as TechGYRLS quarterly to empower young girls in the areas of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts and math — and encourage them to pursue careers within these fields. The YWCA TechGYRLS is a national program created by YWCA USA in 1997, developed in response to the widening gender gap in exposure to an interest in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Currently, women make up only 24% of California’s STEM workforce.
TechGYRLS activities include coding camps, STEAM career presentations and robotics workshops to inspire girls to take on challenges and pursue interests and careers to lessen the gap and bring an empowered female presence to the STEAM workforce.
These free programs can be offered in partnering schools.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Girls Circle and TechGYRLS programs will be offered virtually.

STEAM Night Seeks to Power Interest in Science

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK James Cartnal, executive director of Pupil and Personnel Programs and Services, shows youths how to work with tools at the STEAM night on Monday.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
James Cartnal, executive director of Pupil and Personnel Programs and Services, shows youths how to work with tools at the STEAM night on Monday.

The educational concept known as STEAM is, in large part, about giving students the tools to excel in science and technology. So it seemed appropriate that hand drills, saws and other implements figured prominently in the La Cañada Unified School District’s first system-wide STEAM night of the academic year.
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STEAM:CODERS Helps Put Kids on Track in Tech

OUTLOOK photo Camper Genesis Montgomery gets help from instructor Michael Dragomir.
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Camper Genesis Montgomery gets help from instructor Michael Dragomir.

At a Norma Coombs Elementary School day camp recently, little hands and fingers flew over Chromebooks, with color puzzle pieces being dragged into place as the campers built a fictional, interactive story through the introductory Scratch coding program.
“You just have to play with it,” Michael Dragomir, a STEAM:CODERS summer camp teacher, told a 3rd-grader, who needed little encouragement as she did just that. She readjusted her headphones and dragged a different piece to see how that might change things up in her virtual-reality fiction, which happened to be a story about two girlfriends chatting in the park. Continue reading “STEAM:CODERS Helps Put Kids on Track in Tech”

PUSD Preschool Fairs Scheduled Throughout April

Preschools in Pasadena Unified include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning.

Pasadena Unified School District’s preschools are holding fairs in April for prospective families to tour classrooms, register and learn about the preschool curriculum that is developing creative and confident learners.
Full-day preschools are offered at Pasadena Unified Children’s Centers, where the curriculum features opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery to help build enduring critical thinking skills — and foster confidence so that young children are well-prepared for kindergarten.
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