The Girls With Ideas curriculum has been and currently is being used by many different groups of girls around the world. Each group has had different girls, personalities, ideas, and leaders. All of these elements come together to create final projects that make an impact on the world around us. Sometimes, it is helpful to be inspired by other groups. Here are some examples of the projects done by our very own Girls With Ideas groups.
Sarasota Military Academy Prep
This group of idea girls noticed that history books focused more on male leaders as opposed to females leaders throughout time. They wondered if this affected what leaders we know and refer to as role models.
After discovering this, they decided to conduct a research project to find answers.
They made a quiz with the faces of eight historical leaders from science, politics, and social science. Four of those leaders were male, four were female. They then asked people to identify who the leader was from their photo.
Over the course of five weeks they gave their quiz to hundreds of people between the ages of 9 and 89. They asked their classmates at Sarasota Military Academy Prep and even went to the Sarasota Square Mall to get input from strangers.
"Our findings illustrate that both males and females identified the male historical figures with accuracy between 81-85%, whereas both males and females were able to identify the female historical figures with much less accuracy between 18-20%."
"This enormous discrepancy illustrates the dire need for female figures to be included in the school curriculum because it is giving the message that the only important people are males and we should strive to be like them, not females, which perpetuates the male idea that they are superior. Also, this limits the amount of leaders and role models for young girls who need someone that they can look up to."
An involved community member and registered school counselor wanted to lead a Girls With Ideas group. She put together a group of girls and plans to do more in the future.
After thinking about what they wanted to do for their community project, they decided that they wanted to help their local nursing home.
They began by going to the nursing home and asking what supplies they needed.
Then, they threw a scooter party at their school.
What's a scooter party?
They raised nearly $500
They purchased items that the nursing home needed and delivered them as a group.
After delivering their items, the girls volunteered their time to help with an activity.
They plan on continuing their volunteering at the home even after the class is done.
San Jose, CA
At Latimer School District
SAN JOSE, CA
Latimer School in San Jose, CA used the Girls With Ideas curriculum in the spring of 2017. Fourteen 4th and 5th grade girls met twice a week during lunch to go through the curriculum and create a project for their school and community.
For their project, the girls organized a book drive at their school that was super successful! They struggled to find an organization that would accept all of the books they collected, so they worked with a local university to create a Little Free Library at their school! Kids and people from the community can come to their library and take a book for free or leave one they had read for others to read.
The group was led by teacher Helma Lee who said:
““Our goal is to have the Girls with Ideas lunch club maintain the Little Free Library while we continue to get the word out. After that, the community will supply the books. I am so incredibly proud of how hard these girls have worked in just 5 short months.”
— Helma Lee, second grade teacher and club adviser
The girls described their project as “amazing,” and shared “I love helping the community!” Their Little Free Library is available on the days and hours that the school is open.
The group also made their own amazing Girls With Ideas t-shirts that you can see in the photos below! At the end of their group they even decorated their own journals to have a place to store their future ideas. We can't wait to see what ideas they come up with next!