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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.

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

SDSU will be hosting a Refresher Workshop for Femineer® Creative Robotics teachers in Fall 2018.  If you are a teacher currently trained in the Creative Robotics curriculum and are interested in attending this workshop, please complete the Refresher Workshop Interest Form.

Save the Date!  SDSU will be hosting their first annual Femineer® Summit on Thursday, May 23, 2019.  For more information, please complete the SDSU 2019 Femineer® Summit Interest Form.

If you’re interested in attending future Femineer® Teacher Trainings in the 2018-19 school year, please complete the Interest Form.  For further information, please contact Megan Lacy, SDSU Femineer® School Programs Manager, at [email protected].

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 2019, two (2) schools that will be implementing the Creative Robotics for the first time to receive the following for the 2019-2020 academic year:

1)  Supplies

  • Twelve (12) Hummingbird kits
  • 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

  • Payment for bus transportation for the participating teacher(s) and students to attend the CoE Femineer® Summit in May 2020.

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.

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 2019-2020 academic year.

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

5)  Must be able to sustain the SDSU CoE Femineer® Program after the 2019-2020 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 Michelle Bunn ([email protected]) by August 1, 2019 at 11:59pm PST.

Notification of Award
1)  Chosen schools will be contacted via email on August 12, 2019. 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 Michelle Bunn ([email protected]) by June 1, 2020.

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. 

White House Recognizes Femineer Program

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Schools Currently Offering the Femineer® Program

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

  • Alburnett Junior-Senior High School - Alburnett, IA

  • Aspire Ollin University Prepatory Academy - Huntington Park, CA

  • Azusa High School - Azusa, CA

  • 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

  • Carlsbad High School - Carlsbad, CA

  • Chino High School - Chino, CA

  • Corona High School - Corona, CA

  • Coronado Middle School - Coronado, 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

  • Foothill Knolls STEM Academy - Upland, CA

  • Fremont Academy of Engineering & Design - Pomona, CA

  • Great Oaks High School - Temecula, CA

  • Griffiths Middle School - Downey, CA

  • Hamilton K8 - Fresno, CA

  • Hawthorne High School - Hawthorne, CA

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

  • John Rowland High School - Rowland Heights, CA

  • Knight High School - Palmdale, CA

  • Leona Jackson Middle School - Paramount, CA

  • 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

  • Palos Verdes Intermediate School - Palos Verdes Estates, CA

  • Park View Middle School - Yucaipa, CA

  • Pioneer Middle School - Tustin, CA

  • Ramona High School - Ramona, CA

  • Red Bluff High School - Red Bluff, 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

  • Stauffer Middle School - Downey, CA

  • STEAM Academy @ La Presa - Spring Valley, CA

  • STEAM Legacy High School - South Gate, CA

  • Sussman Middle School - Downey, 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

  • Warren High School - Downey, CA

  • Washington Middle School - La Habra, CA

  • Whittier Christian Schools - Whittier, CA

  • Zamboni Middle School - Paramount, CA