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EAST HARTFORD — The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame launched a new DIY History Module called “STEMfems: Women Transforming our World.”

It was launched at Pathways Academy of Technology and Design in East Hartford Wednesday morning where students participated in hands-on STEM activities.

The program helps young people connect the past to the present and inspires them to take an active role in shaping their future. Curriculum educators can download introduces young women to STEM with many modules based on relevant stories of Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame inductees.

Research shows that more than half of girls who are interested in STEM have been exposed to a female STEM role model and that it’s crucial young women see the connection between STEM subjects and the solving of real-world problems.

“It’s important for them to see a woman in these roles so they can look at this and say, ‘If she can do that, I can do that,’” said Katherine Wiltshire, Executive Director of the Women’s Hall of Fame.

“Some of the attitudes young girls have about science in general is that you are a nerd if you do science,” said Sandra Inga, STEM Director with Hartford Public Schools. “We want to make it in a way that shows them that women who do science are just like them.”

Educators interested in downloading curriculum can do so here.

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