ETR Associates’ Girl Game Company Named a Best Practice Technology Education Program by Bayer Corporation

The Girl Game Company, developed by staff from ETR Associates, has been featured as a best practice in the just-released Bayer Corporation's 2010 Compendium of Best Practice K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Education Programs. The compendium identifies 38 effective K-12 STEM education programs and resources that can be copied or tailored to meet specific needs. The Girl Game Company is a research-based after-school and summer program designed to engage middle school girls in computing by teaching them to program computer games and build networks of support.

The Girl Game Company has since evolved into a co-ed, multimedia-focused, information technology (IT) career pathways program serving primarily Latino youth from 5th grade to high school in Watsonville, CA. This expanded program is managed through ETR Associates' Center for Youth Success and is now called Watsonville Technología-Educación-Comunidad (TEC). Watsonville TEC brings together partners from public education and other STEM-focused afterschool programs, such as Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) from the University of California, to create an educational and career pathway that supports students through critical transitions in their secondary school career.

ETR Associates' Jacob Martinez is the Watsonville TEC project director. Steve Bean is ETR Associates' director for the Center for Youth Success and acts as the principal investigator. Dr. Jill Denner from ETR Associates Research Department serves as co-principal investigator on Watsonville TEC, and is the project evaluation director
For a copy of the Bayer Corporation's 2010 Compendium of Best Practices K-12 STEM Education Programs please click here: http://www.bayerus.com/MSMS/web_docs/COMPENDIUM.pdf

For more information on ETR Associates' Center for Youth Success or the Girl Game Company/ Watsonville TEC please contact: Jacob Martinez jacobm@etr.org.

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