GirlTECH began in 1995 as a grant written and implemented by Dr.
Siva Kumari, Alice McKay (instructors,) and Cynthia
Lanius (director.) It started as a training program for K-12 teachers to help girls become more
confident with technology. The project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), aimed to encourage
girls to consider careers in mathematics and science. That first 4 week training session was ground
breaking in its use of the emerging Internet to present online lessons in K-12 math and science. GirlTECH
is now a part of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education (CEEE) which seeks to promote participation
of underrepresented groups in the sciences.
Every GirlTECH lesson is in a database that can be accessed through the CEEE
GirlTECH Home Page. The following steps will lead you through a quick overview of those lessons.
1.On the CEEE GirlTECH Home Page, click on the Lesson Plans link
2. On the CEEE
TeacherTECH Lesson Plans page, locate
the drop-down menu that says "Select
lessons for the year:"
3. Start with the first year, 1995.
4. These online lessons are modest by today's standards, but unusual at the time in that they
were published on the Internet and made the Internet an integral part of the lesson. The
Prom Date is typical of those lessons
5. As you look at the lessons, you will see them go from black and white text-only pages 1995
to sites using the WebQuest model
for online lessons in 2005. A nice example from 2005 is The
6. Another way to search
for lessons is to use the search engine below the drop-down menu on the CEEE
TeacherTECH Lesson Plans page.
7. Take some time to look through the GirlTECH lessons to get ideas for your lessons.
There is a search engine just below the dropdown menu that is useful for searching
by topic instead of by year.