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Impact
Since 2003, High-Tech High Heels has made an impact on closing the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, through: 

Participation
  • 962 counselors have attended workshops on STEM careers
  • 908 girls attended two-week AP Physics Camp
  • 687 educators have attended Equity training

Results

AP Physics Camps

  • Pre- to post- camp surveys show that on average the percentage of girls interested in STEM careers increased from 48% to 92%
  • Camp participants passed AP Physics exams more than 15 percentage points higher than other girls
  • A longitudinal study of the Dallas ISD graduating class of 2006 shows that:
    • 93% of camp participants enrolled in college. In contrast, 77% of students who did not attend the camps enrolled in college.
    • 64% of camp participants earned a 4-year college degree compared with 25% of students who did not attend camp.
    • Of those who earned a four-year degree, girls who attended the camps were 2.5 times more likely to receive a STEM degree and 5 times more likely to receive an engineering degree.

The AP Physics camps make a difference for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. Out of the students who attended the 2013 camps:

  • 90% were minority
  • 67% participated in the federal free and reduced lunch program
  • 53% would be the first in their family to attend college

Educator Training

  •  In Dallas ISD AP Physics tests taken by Hispanic, African American and female students more than doubled. Students of teachers who attended the training performed better on district-wide End of Course (EOC) exams in chemistry and physics.
  •  In Plano ISD after teacher training, the number of AP Physics and Chemistry tests passed by all students increased. For girls, the number of tests passed increased by 1.5x in chemistry and more than 2x in physics.
  • Richardson ISD increased the percentage of girls enrolling in its STEM academy.

Expansion

Since 2011, High-Tech High Heels has supported delivery by NAPE of STEM Equity programs in Dallas/Fort Worth to reach:

  • More than 400 secondary teachers
  • More than 400 counselors
  • 5 school districts
  • 27 DCCCD STEM faculty
  • 15 UTeach Dallas faculty
  • 150 girls through AP Physics Camps




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Impact of Physics Camp on Dallas ISD class of 2006