Brite is an online, interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program built for girls ages 13-16 offered by Florida State University, in partnership with National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) and Smart Girls HQ, through funding from the National Science Foundation. Brite will provide a high-quality, online suite of activities centered on collaborative learning and featuring women role models.
Foster STEM identity: sense of belonging and success
Spark curiosity and creativity
Build a community of girl learners and a support network among them
A customized online platform has been developed for BRITE, which can be accessed through a 1:1 device, and will serve as a launching pad for girls to participate in individual, small group, and community-wide activities. Each week culminates with BriteFest, where girls share the projects they have worked on throughout the week with a role model. The program runs Monday to Thursday.
The research component of the project aims to determine how three core approaches to STEM identity development (community-building, hands-on activities, role models), as implemented through the Brite Online Learning Community, influence girls' STEM identity.
Brite began as a pilot in 2020, in a partnership with the World Science Festival and The Hello Studios. The program provided a high-quality, online suite of activities centered on collaborative learning with women role models.
NGCP revised Brite in 2021, learning from a robust evaluation by SJLR Solutions. Brite 2021 consisted of two courses: Art x Science, featuring role models and activities at the intersection of art and science, and Dream Big, Take Risks, featuring diverse women role models and activities that introduced girls to pioneering, multi-disciplinary careers in STEM. NGCP conducted a case study on Brite 2021, centered upon how girl participants perceived the role model experience and what made it meaningful to them. The study revealed two central themes: Girls value learning about interdisciplinary and diverse STEM career pathways taken by role models, and girls find meaning in and relate to role models’ personal and professional journeys.
This week features role models and activities that introduce girls to careers in computer science.
This week features role models and activities that introduce girls to careers in engineering.
This week features role models and activities that introduce girls to careers in physical sciences.
The Brite Program is only available to self-identifying girls ages 13-16 from 10 pre-selected informal STEM programs. If you want to learn more about future offerings enter your email below to stay updated.