Students in Korea, especially girl students, have shown high achievement but very low motivation and interest in science and math. The students' perception on science and careers related to STEM(sceicne, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields is getting lower from 11th to 12th grade. WISE center in Korea aims to strengthen and extend female roles in science and technology. We develops versatile extra curriculums and encourages women students who are gifted in math, science, and engineering to become experts. To enhance girl student's affinity for STEM, we develop a collaboration program, 'visiting lab.', between university and junior‐high school. In the program, undergraduate woman students got a role of science communcator. Undergraduate women volunteers visit girls' junior high school to conduct science lab once a month. Contents developed through their WSE research club or their club studies. Each semester over 100 volunteers and 600 girls in 20 schools take part in this project. Everybody in the project said that they would join again and recommends friends to participate in this project. WISE center consistently provides informations and guidances on girl‐friendlt science education and supports them to maintain efficient and harmonious mentoring relationship. Through this program, links between women students in the university and high school are constructed. Volunteers proved to be good role models for girls. Girls got interested in science more and want more lab work participating this project. Teachers find this project very helpful since experiments are possible in the lab. Additionally, undergraduate woman students in got interested in pursuing their own careers and obtaining professional knowledge in STEM‐field studies. Volunteers find their communication skills and motivation for their major fields are improved.

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Collaboration of university and junior‐high school for girl‐friendly science education

Miock Mun   Ewha Womans University

Heisook Lee   Ewha Womans University

Students in Korea, especially girl students, have shown high achievement but very low motivation and interest in science and math. The students' perception on science and careers related to STEM(sceicne, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields is getting lower from 11th to 12th grade. WISE center in Korea aims to strengthen and extend female roles in science and technology. We develops versatile extra curriculums and encourages women students who are gifted in math, science, and engineering to become experts. To enhance girl student's affinity for STEM, we develop a collaboration program, 'visiting lab.', between university and junior‐high school. In the program, undergraduate woman students got a role of science communcator. Undergraduate women volunteers visit girls' junior high school to conduct science lab once a month. Contents developed through their WSE research club or their club studies. Each semester over 100 volunteers and 600 girls in 20 schools take part in this project. Everybody in the project said that they would join again and recommends friends to participate in this project. WISE center consistently provides informations and guidances on girl‐friendlt science education and supports them to maintain efficient and harmonious mentoring relationship. Through this program, links between women students in the university and high school are constructed. Volunteers proved to be good role models for girls. Girls got interested in science more and want more lab work participating this project. Teachers find this project very helpful since experiments are possible in the lab. Additionally, undergraduate woman students in got interested in pursuing their own careers and obtaining professional knowledge in STEM‐field studies. Volunteers find their communication skills and motivation for their major fields are improved.

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