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Snap the Gap will deliver an exciting STEM based experience to 15,000 girls in California, inspiring them through hands on experiential learning and mentorship.

Become a Mentor for the Innovative Snap The Gap Program

  • 2019-08-08T23:25:00.000+0000
  • California
  • Author: Leandra Boysen

Research shows that individuals with mentors have improved academic, social and economic prospects. For women in the STEM fields, this becomes increasingly important as young women look to role models to help them gain their confidence and increase opportunities in STEM fields. It is even more important when we see that the gender gap in STEM emerges as early as elementary school! UC Davis is strongly committed to changing this.

Earlier this year they received a grant to help them to create and launch a program they call Snap The Gap. UC Davis, CA Million Women Mentors and littleBits are partnering to deliver an exceptional STEM based experience to 15,000 10-12 year-old girls in California that will enhance the development of a strong STEM identity, leading to increased persistence and retention in STEM.

Snap the Gap is rooted in three activities—hands on experiential learning, mentorship, and expanded learning opportunities. This no cost program provides each participant a mentor, a littleBits STEM Inventor kit, and a 1 year subscription to DIY.org, an online learning platform that provides hundreds of activities the participants can tackle after the formal program is complete.

Mentors are needed for their 2019 pilot program in California.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please review the Mentor Commitment and complete the Mentor Application.

Once you have applied you can view scheduled programs in your Zip code. More sites will be added on a rolling basis. Be sure to check back for updates and new opportunities. Once you find an opportunity that works for you, be sure to click the volunteer here button and create an account. You will be contacted with additional details related to the background check process and site details for your selected program.