Girls Raised in Tennessee Science (GRITS)

Girls Raised in Tennessee Science (GRITS) is a National Science Foundation grant program at Middle Tennessee State University. The major goal of GRITS is to disseminate information about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers to young women in middle and high school, parents, teachers and guidance counselors. Through a variety of activities and programs, GRITS offers support and guidance to exploring and understanding the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and careers. Through a variety of activities and programs, GRITS offers support and guidance to exploring and understanding the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and careers.

STEM Ed Initiatives: 

GRITS Traveling Road show: Power Point presentations and videos that target middle and high school girls and their parents, teachers and guidance counselors. Topics include gender bias, careers in STEM, best practices in STEM education, how to succeed in STEM classes, advice on how to ask the right questions in STEM classes, what classes are needed to be best prepared for college, information about study habits and test taking hints along with information on how to find out information about applying to college and for financial aid.

Video conferencing with a panel discussion featuring women STEM majors who answer questions from middle school and high school girls viewing from remote locations across the state.

Math and Science Conferences: Expanding Your Horizons for middle school girls in Middle, East and West Tennessee. GRITS hosts one half-day conference for 9th and 10th graders and one for 11th and 12th graders.

GRITS web site has interactive and resource information for teens, parents and teachers. Web site also features the faces of Women In Tennessee Science page which highlights women and minority scientists from Tennessee, the work that they do, and why they chose the science career path.

Educators In-Service to provide teachers and guidance counselors with knowledge on research-based and demonstrated strategies and best practices that increase the participation of girls in STEM education.

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