Students in the Junior Unit Girls' Math Club (GMC), facilitated by math specialist Liz McCannell, had the opportunity during Wednesday's lunch and recess to interview via Skype Dr. Jenni Branstad, an institutional research analyst at Green River College in Auburn, Washington. The girls came up with insightful questions, which included the following:
- Do you ever feel underestimated because of your gender?
- What is your favorite math operation and why?
- What did it take to get your job?
- What's your favorite part about math?
The mission of GMC focuses both on short-term and long-term goals. An immediate goal is to work collaboratively to shift students' identities as mathematicians. This means empowering girls who already love math and increasing the confidence of those who feel intimidated by or uneasy about math.
The long-term goal is to develop interest in math-related content so that students feel excited by the possibility of pursuing studies or a career in STEM. During our meetings, we develop our math community through team building activities, interactive math challenges, and games that push kids' thinking.