The Biology Department at Pine Manor College submitted a grant proposal to the NIH under the BUILD initiative. We are awaiting review of our proposal and hope to launch this site in the near future.
We are excited about BUILD initiatives that will strengthen our ongoing partnership with Science Club for Girls (SCFG) www.scienceclubforgirls.org . The goal of SCFG is to engage and empower the next generation of young scientists by helping young girls to grow in self-awareness and to develop the skills and commitment for science. SCFG is a unique organization providing innovative and fun science and engineering programs to girls K-12. They have 20 years of experience in providing the best of scientific programming that connects girls K-12 with female mentor-scientists.
Currently, there are 5 Saturday clubs that meet weekly at Pine Manor. Our Pine Manor students have met informally with the girls in these clubs. Our BUILD partnership seeks to strengthen and extend our programs to benefit the girls enrolled in the clubs and our BUILD Scholars. Our programs will tap the knowledge and experience at SCFG and build a solid mentoring program for our BUILD Scholars. Science Club for Girls will provide the training and opportunities for our BUILD scholars to mentor the girls participating in the SCFG programs. We expect BUILD Scholars who mentor to strengthen their vision of themselves as scientists and to solidify their understanding of science. Building on a growing foundation of BUILD Scholar participation, we intend that this partnership will lead to a Pine Manor College Chapter of SCFG maintained exclusively by PMC students with BUILD Scholars taking the lead.
Our BUILD Scholars and their mentees, SCFG staff and facilitators, parents, guardians and family members are encouraged to use the accompanying blog to share, learn and grow from these mentoring experiences.
BUILD Program Liaison from Science Club for Girls (SCFG)
Ms. Kate Pickle, Senior Program Director
Ms. Kate Pickle's position of leadership in local and national organizations provides the foundation for her ability to assess BUILD initiatives and think critically and productively about program change and growth. SCFG connects girls, mostly from under-resourced communities, with scientists and engineers who guide them in hands-on explorations and expose them to careers in these fields. Ms. Pickle has more than 15 years of youth development experience, with a focus on STEM, from both local Girl Scout councils in the Northeast as well as the national organization. She has a proven track record of developing strong collaborations which leverage each party’s strengths to reach a common goal, has developed youth programs through her work at Girl Scouts.
Prior to entering the youth development field, Ms. Pickle was a staff marine scientist for Science Applications International Corporation with primary responsibility for survey work related to dredge material monitoring, including geotechnical and bathymetric data analysis. She also worked on project teams for software development, global information systems projects, environmental impact studies, and implementation of technology to monitor dredge material dumping activities.