March 25, 2016
Mentoring Youth through Science
The Anchorage Museum was host for one of the first STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Mentoring Café programs in the nation last fall, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and other organizations. The STEM Mentoring Café particularly sought to encourage middle school girls to consider science careers, with several female STEM mentors participating in the event. The STEM Mentoring Café gave students access to STEM professionals who shared how they began in their fields, what interests them the most about their jobs, and what projects they work on. Fields of specialization had a distinctly Alaska flavor, ranging from marine toxicology and polar ecology to petroleum engineering and featured civil engineering, museum conservation, neuroscience and mathematics.
Expanding on the idea that future leaders are students who are often experts in their own right, the museum also established the Museum Innovation Board which meets monthly to inform, inspire and shape how the museum uses digital technology.