Enhancing Academic Success for young girls through STEM!
The Harris Foundation’s Girls Summer STEM Academy (GSSA) is a two-week non-residential academy that provides middle school girls with an opportunity to improve and increase their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts and STEM career-fields.
The academy will foster youth leadership and citizenship, as well as instill values of responsibility, fairness and respect while offering a program that involves exploring solutions to real-world STEM-related problems, questions and issues through team-oriented collaborative learning and the use of technology. A Project-Based Inquiry Learning (PBIL) model is used to combine inquiry with scientific and engineering practices that will connect a theme and core problem to field excursions and core curriculum subjects.
The Harris Foundation launched its first Girls Summer STEM Academy in June 2016 at Miller Intermediate School in the Alief Independent School District as part of THF’s latest educational programming under the STEM Centers of Academic Excellence (STEM-CAE). Thirty-six rising sixth-grade girls were given the opportunity to learn more about STEM through engaging, student-centered, hands-on projects and activities. THF's first GSSA was funded in part by a technology grant awarded from Microsoft. THF chose to pilot its first Girls STEM Academy in a district with an emphasis on increasing STEM opportunities for their students.
Take a look at our photo gallery below to view snapshots from the GSSA hosted at Alief ISD's Miller Intermediate School in June 2016.