Femineer® Program



About the Femineer® Program

The Femineer® Program was originally created and funded by Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Engineering in 2013 to inspire additional females to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in their education and career. SDSU’s College of Engineering adopted the Femineer® Program Fall 2016. The program provides K-12 students with project-based learning, female engineering student mentors, and opportunities to visit a Femineer® affiliate university, while building a sustainable program and community for current and future STEM leaders.

The Femineer® Program is open to schools for all students in grades K-12. San Diego State University prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. For additional information, contact the Division of Diversity and Innovation at 619-594-0167 or [email protected].

To inspire and empower K-12 female students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in their education and future careers.

Creative Robotics
This is a 30-hour project in which participants learn basic electronics in a fun and engaging way. Participants learn:

  • Safety procedures
  • How to use tools
  • How to work in teams to design robots out of everyday materials

Wearable Technology
This is a 30-hour project that incorporates computer and advanced electronic technologies into clothing and accessories. Participants learn:

  • Basic circuitry and C programming
  • How to use conductive thread, bright neopixels, and wearable microcontrollers

Pi Robotics
The third-year 30-hour program is based on the popular Raspberry Pi computer using the Python programming language to build a robot.

  • 3-year program
    • Year 1: Creative Robotics
    • Year 2: Wearable Technology
    • Year 3: Pi Robotics
  • Program based on cohort of 24 students
  • Each school year, students are engaged in a 30-hour project where they develop a finished product.
  • At the end of each school year, participants will present their finished products at a Femineer® Summit.
  • Can be a class during school or after-school program.
  • Teachers are required to attend a 3-day training workshop to learn that year’s curriculum.
  • NOTE: The program is a continuous cycle, so your school can opt to have a new cohort to begin each year. In other words, your school wouldn’t have to wait for one cohort to complete the entire 3-year program before establishing another cohort of students.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Minimum B average math grade
  • Outstanding behavior
  • Outstanding attendance
  • Recommendation from teacher
  • Teacher Trainings
    • Summer Femineer® Course Trainings
      • SDSU & CPP's College of Engineering Femineer® Programs will be hosting virtual Creative Robotics, Wearable Technology, and Pi Robotics Teacher Trainings for July 2021. View flyer and registration link here.
      • In-person Wearable Technology teacher training   available in Iowa
    • NEO Learning Management System Trainings
      • Current Femineer® teachers who have a 2020-2021 MOU on file can log onto their NEO LMS account for previous recordings.
  • Femineer® Virtual Office Hours for New Schools - TBD
  • Femineer® Collab & Blab - Fall 2021
    • Available to current Femineer® teachers only
    • Registration information available in Femineer® NEO account
  • Femineer® Summit
    • San Diego State University's College of Engineering Femineer® Program were excited to cohost our 1st virtual Femineer® Summit on May 12, 2021 with our fellow unversity affiliate partners at Cal Poly Pomona! Current  Femineer® students were invited to showcase their Creative Robotics, Wearable Technology, or Pi Robotics projects to other students and local STEM students and partners in addition to participate in a Q&A session with inspirational female STEM leaders and industry partners. View the student showcase video here.
    • Part of Remake Learning Days
  •  Femineer® Summer 2021 Camps
    • Camp Flyer
    • All spots have been filled, but you can inquire about being put on the Wait List.
  • Femineer® Friday Challenges/Activities
  • San Diego STEM Role Model Coloring Books and classroom posters featuring SDSU WE Faculty & Staff and local industry partners can be downloaded on Kristin Hardy Design's website here.

The purpose of the San Diego State University College of Engineering (SDSU CoE) Adopt-a-Femineer® School Program is to assist schools in starting up the SDSU CoE Femineer® Program at their sites. In September 2021, two (2) schools that will be implementing the Creative Robotics for the first time to receive the following for the 2021-2022 academic year:

1)  Supplies

  • Up to twelve (12) Hummingbird kits
  • Up to twenty-four (24) tool bags filled with tools for completing the Creative Robotics curriculum

2)  Accessories

  • Femineer® sweatshirts for the participating teacher(s) and students
  • A Femineer® banner that includes your school’s name

3)  Funding for Bus Transportation

  • Up to $500 bus transportation stipend for the participating teacher(s) and students to attend the San Diego State University CoE Femineer® Summit in May 2022.

Schools interested in applying must meet the following criteria:

1)  Must have at least one representative who will attend Creative Robotics at San Diego State University or Cal Poly Pomona.

2)  Must be implementing the Creative Robotics curriculum for the first time.

3)  Must have a cohort of 24 students participating in the SDSU Femineer® Program during the 2021-2022 academic year.

4)  Must be willing to promote this partnership with San Diego State University College of Engineering and Cal Poly Pomona.

5)  Must be able to sustain the SDSU CoE Femineer® Program after the 2021-2022 academic year.

Rules for Applying
1)  Only one application submission is permitted per school site. Adopt-a-Femineer Application Form

2)  All fields of the application must be filled out, adhering to all word count limits set.

3)  The application must be signed by a school administrator before submitting.

4) The application must be emailed to Milagro Ramos ([email protected]).

Notification of Award
1)  Chosen schools will be contacted via email on August 10, 2021. The notification will be sent to the email addresses of the applicant and the administrator that are included in the submitted application form.

Receiving Award
1)  San Diego State University College of Engineering will work with each chosen school to set up designated dates and times to deliver the supplies and accessories.

2)  The invoice for bus transportation to the Femineer® Summit should be emailed to Milagro Ramos ([email protected]) by June 1, 2022.

Please visit Femineer® in the News for an archive of featured stories highlighting the Femineer® Program and other K-12 STEM Outreach.

The Ramona High School Adopt-a-Femineer school was featured at the March 8, 2018, San Diego International Women's Day event hosted by the San Diego STEM Ecosystem's Women in STEM working group. 

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Schools Currently Offering the Femineer® Program

  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • San Diego State University
  • A. G. Currie Middle School - Tustin, CA

  • Alburnett Junior-Senior High School - Alburnett, IA

  • Alhambra High School - Alhambra, CA

  • Alondra Middle School - Paramount, CA

  • Aspire Centennial University Prepatory Academy - Huntington Park, CA

  • Aspire Ollin University Prepatory Academy - Huntington Park, CA

  • Aspire Pacific Academy - Huntington Park, CA

  • Azusa High School - Azusa, CA

  • Beckman Catholic High School - Dyersville, IA

  • Bella Vista Middle School - Murrieta,CA

  • Bidwell Junior High School - Chico, CA

  • Blue Valley Northwest High School - Overland Park, KS

  • Buena Park Junior High School - Buena Park, CA

  • C.E. Utt Middle School - Tustin, CA

  • Cabrillo High School - Long Beach, CA

  • Capistrano Valley High School - San Juan Capistrano, CA

  • Carlsbad High School - Carlsbad, CA

  • Chino High School - Chino, CA

  • Corona High School - Corona, CA

  • Coronado Middle School - Coronado, CA

  • Da Vinci Science - El Segundo, CA

  • Daisy Gibson Elementary School - Palmdale, CA

  • Davenport West - Davenport, IA

  • Doty Middle School - Downey, CA

  • Downey High School - Downey, CA

  • Dwyer Middle School - Huntington Beach, CA

  • El Rancho High School - San Pedro, CA

  • Esperanza Elementary School - Lancaster, CA

  • Fairmont Elementary - Sanger, CA

  • Foothill Knolls STEM Academy - Upland, CA

  • Fremont Academy of Engineering & Design - Pomona, CA

  • Futures HS - McClellan, CA

  • Great Oaks High School - Temecula, CA

  • Greenfield Middle School - Bakersfield, CA

  • Griffiths Middle School - Downey, CA

  • Hamilton K8 - Fresno, CA

  • Hawthorne High School - Hawthorne, CA

  • Highland Community Schools - Riverside, IA

  • Jackson Middle School - Paramount, CA

  • Jerry D. Holland Middle School - Baldwin Park, CA

  • John Rowland High School - Rowland Heights, CA

  • Jordan High School - Long Beach, CA

  • Knight High School - Palmdale, CA

  • Lakewood Middle School - Overland Park, KS

  • Leona Jackson Middle School - Paramount, CA

  • Linn-Mar high School - Marion, IA

  • Los Alisos Middle School - Norwalk, CA

  • McKee Middle School - Bakersfield, CA

  • McPherson Magnet School - Orange, CA

  • Montebello High School - Montebello CA

  • Mountain View High School - El Monte, CA

  • Paloma Valley High School - Perris, CA

  • Palomares Academy of Health Sciences – Pomona, CA

  • Palos Verdes Intermediate School - Palos Verdes Estates, CA

  • Park View Middle School - Yucaipa, CA

  • Pinacate Middle School - Perris, CA

  • Pioneer Middle School - Tustin, CA

  • Ralph J. Bunche Middle School - Compton, CA

  • Ramona High School - Ramona, CA

  • Red Bluff High School - Red Bluff, CA

  • Rowland High School - Rowland Heights, CA

  • Sage Creek High School - Carlsbad, CA

  • San Pascual STEAM Magnet - Altadena, CA

  • Sanger High School – Sanger, CA

  • Schurr High School - Montebello, CA

  • Segerstrom High School - Santa Ana, CA

  • South El Monte High School - South El Monte, CA

  • South Pasadena High School - South Pasadena, CA

  • Southwest Middle School - Charlotte, NC

  • Spring Valley Academy - Spring Valley, CA

  • St. Agnes Catholic School - Roeland Park, KS

  • Stauffer Middle School - Downey, CA

  • STEAM Academy @ La Presa - Spring Valley, CA

  • STEAM Legacy High School - South Gate, CA

  • Sultana High Shool – Hesperia, CA

  • Sussman Middle School - Downey, CA

  • Sylmar Biotech Health Academy - Sylmar, CA

  • Synergy Kinetic Academy - Los Angeles, CA

  • Tierra del Sol Middle School - Lakeside, CA

  • Traweek Middle School - West Covina, CA

  • Tustin High School - Tustin, CA

  • Urban Discovery Academy Charter - San Diego, CA

  • Vail Ranch Middle School - Temecula, CA

  • Vanguard College Preparatory Academy-Aspire - Modesto, CA

  • Vista Murrieta High School - Murrieta, CA

  • Warren High School - Downey, CA

  • Washington Middle School - La Habra, CA

  • Whittier Christian Schools - Whittier, CA

  • Whittier Elementary - Long Beach, CA

  • Zamboni Middle School - Paramount, CA