Lack of Perceived Fit
Change boy’s biases and girls’ perceived fit into STEM to change behaviour.
Promoting rising inclusion and STEM motivation
In partnership with Actua, Project PRISM tests the long-term benefits of interventions delivered to students in junior high and high school during a week-long science camp that seeks to:
With the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions, the Project PRISM team is preparing to get into schools in the Toronto and Metro Vancouver regions in the upcoming school year. We are developing a social identity based intervention for high school students that aims to change girls’ attitudes and perceptions of STEM and measures effects on their course selection. We’re also developing an intervention to change boy’s perceptions of girl’s STEM ability and change teacher’s behaviour to promote a growth mindset.
In an intervention for girls in STEM summer camps at University of Waterloo, Simon Fraser University, and University of British Columbia, we find a diverse set of STEM role models increases girl’s future STEM career aspirations through a sense of future fit in STEM. Specifically, we found middle school girls feel they fit in their science and math classes, but anticipate not fitting in when they go to university. Our intervention, which allows them to connect with women pursuing STEM in university, facilitated girls’ beliefs they will fit in if they study STEM in University.
In addition to our ongoing lines of research, the Project PRISM team is exploring several future directions, such as:
Photo Credit: Geering Up
The Project PRISM team combines expertise in the science of implicit gender bias, bias reduction, intergroup contact, and STEM outreach.
Project PRISM proudly partners with University of Waterloo, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the Ontario Network for Women in Engineering (ONWiE), Engineering Science Quest (ESQ), Geering UP, Actua, Science World, Engineers Canada, Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, PCL Construction, Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM), the Engineering Change Lab, the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST), and the National Network of NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering.
Changing the Learning of Implicit Math Biases
Promoting Rising Inclusion and STEM Motivation
Shaping Inclusive Network Cultures
Realizing Identity Safe Environments
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