Digital Youth Divas is an NSF-sponsored (out-of-school program that engages middle school girls, especially those from non-dominant communities, in design-based engineering and computer science activities driven by a narrative story. The program supports girls to develop STEM identities by participating within face-to-face and online spaces to design, create, and re-imagine everyday artifacts (jewelry, hair accessories, music) and activities (dancing and talking to friends) using techniques including collaboration, critique, circuitry, coding, and fabrication. Since 2013, over 300 girls have participated in Digital Youth Divas programs in Chicago. Participants have demonstrated increased domain-specific content knowledge and development of initial interest in STEM.
Watch this brief program introduction (NSF 2016 Video Showcase presenter’s choice award winner):