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The Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics ON THE AIR! website was made possible by support from the National Science Foundation under grant number HRD-0332765. The site was redesigned under grant number HRD-0833247 to be fully accessible to people with disabilities. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website are those of the author(s) and the people or subjects covered in each radio segment featured and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.

How to use the radio series

The radio series on this site were produced to inform the national effort to broaden the participation of women and people with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The stories can be a resource for students, teachers, parents, guidance counselors, organizational leaders, researchers, and professors—anyone interested in encouraging young girls, women, and people with disabilities to pursue education and careers in STEM. The series can be grouped into two categories and used in the following ways:

Women Pioneers in STEM
The Tech Club; Her-Story, Then; Powerful Signals, Part 2; The Sounds of Progress, Part 2; and Access to Advancement, Part 2 profile women pioneers in STEM, both contemporary and historical. From young girls to college professors, they appeal to any age group or discipline. If you are a teacher or guidance counselor, you may want to share these stories with students in the classroom. Parents may want to listen with their daughters at home. Leaders of organizations that work with girls (e.g., Girl Scouts and Girls, Inc.) may use these stories as part of their program activities to inspire future scientists.

Research and Innovation in STEM
Out Loud; Her-Story, Now; Powerful Signals, Part 1; The Sounds of Progress, Part 1; and Access to Advancement, Part 1 highlight the latest research, innovative practices, and demonstration projects designed to increase participation among women and people with disabilities in STEM fields. These stories provide the listener with valuable information about efforts across the U.S. that are successfully encouraging women and people with disabilities to enter and remain in STEM fields. K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations may want to replicate the programs featured or use the research to inform program development. Educators may want to incorporate the practices into their classroom activities.

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