Client: “Telling STEM Stories through Content Clips” project, Lois McLean and Richard Tessman of McLean Media

Authors: Michelle Phillips, Anita Smith

Type: Report

Publication: January 2011

The STEM Stories Project: Challenging stereotypes and inspiring young girls through online explorations of the lives and work of women in STEM fields — Summative Evaluation Report (pdf, 43 pages)


In an effort to increase and diversify the domestic science and engineering workforce, the National Science Foundation’s Human Resource Development division supports projects through their Research on Gender in Science and Engineering program. One of the aims of this program is to address gender-based differences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to support projects and educational experiences that affect student interest, performance, and choice of careers.

In 2008, Lois McLean and Richard Tessman of McLean Media received a two-year NSF grant (#HRD-0734004) through the Research on Gender in Science and Engineering program to develop the “Telling STEM Stories through Content Clips” project. Building on previous work, they developed a free, online collection of multimedia resources aimed at young girls which highlight STEM careers through the personal stories of women in STEM fields (and a few men), both past and present. The resulting website, STEM Stories, can be found at www.stemstories.org.

This summative evaluation report consists of the following sections:

  • Project Description (including its theory of action, original goals, and major features
  • Evaluation (goals, questions, and methods)
  • Findings and Discussion (of interviews, observations, surveys, and expert reviews
  • Conclusions
  • Appendices (with protocols and survey instruments)

The final version of this report was posted Aug 2012.

Intended Audience

Science Education Media Producers, STEM Educators, Museum Educators, Science Educators and Administrators, Reform Leaders and Funders, and general public.

Sponsored by

NSF award number 0734004


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