nPower Girls

nPower Girls2021-11-09T11:06:29-08:00

Cultivating achievement and interest in STEM

nPower Girls

nPower Girls

nPower Girls is a partnership between Career Connect Southwest, school districts in southwest Washington, and many community partners to develop career exploration opportunities for young women in middle schools. Many studies show that girls develop biases against certain careers as early as eleven, which may eliminate many pathways to high-wage earning jobs if they aren’t aware of these opportunities.

The goal of nPower Girls is to introduce young girls to career opportunities in STEM fields in their communities by connecting them directly to business and industry professionals – mostly women. We do this through a monthly after-school virtual mentoring workshop that includes women working in STEM careers locally. Each month, our mentors define a problem that relates to their field and students develop potential solutions and share them during our ZOOM sessions. nPower Girls is developing STEM Skills & Career Exploration immersion camps for middle school girls led by teachers and female mentors in the local community.

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In each after school session, students will:

  • Be introduced you to a new career and women working in that job
  • Receive a mini-design challenge kit to help you explore the skills needed in this career
  • Get a chance to meet middle school girls from all over the area that are also interested in STEM
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nPower Girls Design Challenges

nPower Girls Outcomes

nPower Girls Outcomes

nPower Girls was designed to spark girls’ curiosity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through activities that promote knowledge and discovery.

ESD 112 and grant partners invited grades 4-8 Math and Science teachers from Castle Rock, Longview, Mill A, Mt. Pleasant, Naselle-Grays River Valley School, Ridgefield, Three Rivers Christian School, and Wishram to participate in a three-year professional development program. We explored community-based STEM businesses and met with women working in these positions. nPower Girls aimed at strengthening instructional practices that support female students’ learning in STEM and connect them with mentors around the state.

In our 3 years together, we conducted over 20 teacher action research projects to study instructional interventions aimed at supporting girls in engaging equitably in STEM subjects. We tested informative feedback protocols, spatial intelligence training, growth mindset training and grading patterns. We found that all interventions positively supported ALL students! Our biggest outcome was the change in perception of girls (and other students) in how they understood and made sense of their STEM relevant skills through project-based learning.

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Program Contacts

nPower Contacts

Shannon McCombs

nPower Girls Program Specialist

Vickei Hrdina

Director of Career Readiness & STEM Initiatives


Phone: 360-952-3427


Niki Johnston

Secretary II


Phone: 360-952-3431


nPower Project Materials

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