Thinking forward

Girls Teaching Girls

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At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, as students everywhere found their education and lives interrupted, an international community of girls in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) was born. MIT researchers started creating webinars to help children out of school, which inspired teen girls around the world to make their own online lessons. These dedicated and energetic girls multiplied the impact by creating more content and new collaborations.

Today Girls Teaching Girls is a group of teens all over the globe—Miami, Boston, Barcelona, Bilbao, Seattle, Paris, Milan, São Paulo, Sydney, and elsewhere—who while home-bound have translated science and math lessons into eight languages so far, created new graphics, cartoons, animations, programs, and even poetry and art to make the lessons accessible and exciting to girls everywhere. The lessons inspire girls to dive into new topics, like mental health, the environment, and community resilience.

Global CoCreation Lab supports this growing effort led by scientists at MIT, and seeks to expand it to Miami's underprivileged and underrepresented communities in STEAM. Women in science, technology, and medicine, though busy as ever, have a chance to inspire and enrich an international community of girls and young women, so the crisis of COVID-19 can lead to growth and prosperity, especially where there is the greatest need.

Girls Teaching Girls at MIT IMES
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girls
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cities internationally
14 STEAM videos
Original lessons prepared by volunteers and shared with elementary and junior high school students
 
 
Lessons translated by girls from English into
Spanish, Russian, Creole, Portuguese, French, Euskera, Catalan, and Galego
Participants are
8 to 75 years old
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girls
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cities internationally
Participants are
8 to 75 years old
14 STEAM videos
Original lessons prepared by volunteers and shared with elementary and junior high school students
Lessons translated by girls from English into
Spanish, Russian, Creole, Portuguese, French, Euskera, Catalan, and Galego

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Lesson script: Energy (Catalan)
Computer programming: Intro to C++ (English)
Video lesson: The Quadratic Formula (English)
Video lesson: Light and sound waves (Spanish)
Video lesson: Cell Theory (French)
Lesson script: COVID-19 (Spanish)

Spotlight: Sara Torrubiano

On September 1, 2020, Sara Torrubiano, a middle school student in Catalonia, was named the winner of a national contest for science and math videos, Ciencia Clip, for her short video about coronavirus and how to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Where we are

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Women inspiring girls

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Rosalind Franklin
Rosalind Franklin was a British scientist whose work centered around the structures of DNA and RNA, as well as other scientific elements. Her main contribution is the confirmation of the helical structure of DNA molecules, as provided by her x-ray photographs. She is inspiring to us because like many women, her work assists the research of her male colleagues, however in Rosalind Franklin’s case, James Watson and Francis Crick are often credited for her discoveries.
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Malala Yousafzai
Malala is a Pakistani education rights activist who has won the Nobel Peace Prize; in fact she is the youngest recipient of the award. After being forbidden from attending school, Malala spoke out against the Taliban, and as a result, was shot in the head by a member of the Taliban. Her resilience and exigence to empower girls to receive an education inspires us at the Girls Teaching Girls project, as we have similar goals to Malala.

From different countries and different places,
girls of different ages.
United by a common cause—
the words on these shared pages.

Open to new ideas—
CoCreating through science,
mathematics, art, and so much more.
United during a global pandemic,
the path to these new opened doors.

The heart and the mind—
hand in hand, at work.
Motivated and passionate to help inspire others—
vibrant colors merged.

A community of girls.
Globally connected through their interests and tabs.
Weekly meetings on Zoom.
This is the Girls CoCreation Lab.

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CREDITS
Poem: Luciana 
Drawing and logo: Narah 
Landing page contributors: Narah, Nuria, Luciana, Vasundara, and Sasha