The IEEE Student-Teacher and Research Engineer/Scientist (STAR) Program was developed to address the growing concern that, at a young age, girls are discouraged from careers in mathematics, science, and engineering.
This educational outreach program promotes involvement of IEEE members with local junior high and high schools in order to create a positive image of engineering careers.
Through a one-to-one interaction between society volunteers and a Student-Teacher Team, STAR's aim is to create a technical support network for teachers and a mentoring program for students.
The goal is to create consistent reporting for WIE groups, as well as our WIE members conducting outreach. WIE must report and communicate consistently in order for our reporting to be accurate and clearly understood.
Therefore, the redefinition of our current “STAR” program will include the following reportable pre-university outreach:
The best way to get started is to identify a school or group (such as a Girl Scout Troop) to work with. Some suggestions include:
Call the principal or headmaster at your school of choice and introduce yourself. Ask the principal to recommend an energetic science teacher who would be interested in this program. Contact the teacher to set up a meeting.
Next, visit the school to speak and meet with the teacher. Be prepared to discuss a curriculum or plan for the mentoring activities. Some suggested activities are as follows.
If you are interested in participating in the STAR Program, please contact WIE.
Please donate to the IEEE Women in Engineering fund.