STEM: Women in Science


    “This is, by far, one of my favorite classes that I have ever been in, and I will miss this class so much. I now know so much more about a topic that I didn’t even know that I loved. I would just like to say thank you Dr. Monita. Thanks for teaching us. You have really opened my eyes to see that anyone can do anything.”
    ~Student I.C.



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    Female face with brain drawn on top for Women in Science course at Athena's Advanced Academy
    InstructorDr. Monita Leavitt
    Content LevelsGrades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Course Length8 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnWednesdays, 10:00 - 10:50 AM Pacific - 8/14/24 - 10/11/24

    Beginning with an overview of Women’s Rights in the U.S., “Women in Science” introduces students to the changing role of women from the Suffrage Movement to modern-day female pioneers in science.

    In our course, we will identify and dispel gender bias and stereotypes, research female STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) pioneers who overcame obstacles and discuss female role models, including women of color. Students will develop an appreciation for these remarkable women as well as for STEM careers.

    Our last webinar will culminate in “Athena’s Nobel Prize Hall of Fame.” Based upon their research, each student will honor a STEM female they admire by presenting a speech, piece of artwork, or creating a product of their choice.

    A note from the instructor:

    “Did you know women in the U. S. make up only ¼ of the entire STEM workforce? Let’s empower and inspire all children to develop a mindset and skills to pursue their passion for a science career they may not have thought possible!” ~ Dr. Monita Leavitt

    STEM Quote: 

    “Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”
    ~ Mae Jemison, Engineer, Physician & Former NASA Astronaut

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Respond to 2-3 forum prompts — writing at least one five-sentence paragraph for each.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Recorded sessions are available for students with schedule conflicts.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a strong 5th grade level or above.
    • Write a paragraph independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • None.