Current trends and research in education emphasize science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and STEM career training.
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that there will be more than 1.4 million job openings in computing-related fields by 2020.
As STEM training becomes more essential, it is important to recognize the gender gap in both STEM careers and education. For example, girls make up 56% of total AP test-takers but only 19% of AP computer science test-takers. At the university level, women earn 57% percent of all undergraduate degrees, but only 19% of all undergraduate computer and information sciences degrees.
For this campaign, Hear Me will be partnering with Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, the Personal Robotics Lab, and Women@SCS to learn from students in the Greater Pittsburgh region about what biases they do or do not have related to STEM learning and careers, and what ideas youth have about equal participation in STEM programming.
- CURRENT CAMPAIGN
Hear Me's seventh campaign is in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science,
the Personal Robotics Lab, and Women@SCS.
This campaign is unique because we are inviting students, faculty, and staff from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science to join the Hear Me team to interview students. We recognize that equity for gender in STEM impacts people from K-12 school to university to career, and that people at all levels have a responsibility and opportunity to work towards equality.
Stories from this campaign will be shared with CMU's School of Computer Science and used by staff, faculty and administration to understand how to best utilize their resources to support STEM education in local schools and organizations. The stories will also be used to understand CMU's current outreach practices and initiate conversations at the university level about gender equity in STEM.
What is a campaign?
A Hear Me campaign is a region-wide collection of stories based on a specific theme and tied to a strategic action plan to raise awareness. The collection period is four months and the stories are shared during the following four months through the Sponsor a Kiosk program and specific campaign plans.
How will the stories be used?
The participating students, Hear Me, and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will share these stories with educators and administrators in the region.
Additionally, all stories from this campaign will be shared on Hear Me's website and collected together in a portfolio.
Stories on the Hear Me website may be shared via social media, embedded on other websites, and visitors with an account may comment on these stories. These stories will be featured in the Sponsor a Kiosk program, encouraging the general public to understand and advocate for a fair funding policy for Pennsylvania's students.
About our Campaign Partner
Women@SCS mission is to create, encourage, and support academic, social, and professional opportunities for women in computer science and to promote the breadth of the field and its diverse community. The Personal Robotics Lab at The Robotics Institute at CMU is developing the fundamental building blocks of perception, navigation, manipulation, and interaction that will enable robots to perform useful tasks in environments structured for humans.
Hear Me stories are the experiences and ideas of young people. Stories can be shared through a variety of media supported by our website - audio, video, pictures, and writing. Hear Me encourages audio recordings, since this is the only media form compatible with the Sponsor a Kiosk program. The technology used to capture the stories does not have to be complicated; a computer's webcam or phone's audio recorder works! You can also borrow audio recorders from Hear Me's lending library to record stories.
Who can participate?
How to participate?
What if I don't want my school or organization's name associated with the stories?
What are some example prompts to use?
It's simple. Pick a Story. Pick a Location. Make an Impact. Sponsor a Kiosk Today.
Hear Me has always used interactive displays to share kids' stories with communities and encourage community feedback to share with young people. Hear Me kiosks are the primary output strategy to share stories from this campaign. They were designed to engage the public in a conversation around the topics raised in Hear Me campaigns. Each kiosk has an interactive audio listening device and a place for listeners to respond to the story.
Thanks to all of our kiosks sponsors!
How the Sponsorship Works:
We'll send you a portfolio of stories to choose from based on our current campaign theme. You pick your favorite neighborhood hangout to host the Hear Me Kiosk; it can be a coffee shop, café, bookstore, library or anywhere you want.
From here, you decide your level of commitment. We're happy to set up relationships with business owners, install the display, and collect the community responses. Or, if you already have a relationship with a business, you can pitch the idea yourself.
By sharing the experiences of kids, you are becoming part of a larger conversation about the future of our children.
All stories will be shared on our website and collected together in a portfolio. Stories on the Hear Me website may be shared via social media, embedded on other websites, and visitors with an account may comment on the stories.
Stories will also be featured in our Sponsor a Kiosk program, encouraging the general public to consider and advocate for improved school climate.