02/01/2013 05:24 pm ET Updated Oct 01, 2013

Girls In STEM: 2013 Mentorship Resources And Updates

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Welcome, STEM lovers!

Check here for the latest updates on HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program -- everything you need to know will live on this page. We'll feature videos and news from our mentees and mentors, blog posts from our STEM education experts, and other resources for those participating in the program.

03/12/2013 12:13 AM EDT

Great Hacker Dads Make Female Video Game Heroes

A new blog post from Soraya Chemaly tells the cute story of a devoted dad:

When Mike Mika saw the disappointment on his daughter's face when she realized Pauline wasn't a playable character in "Donkey Kong," he felt a call to action. Thankfully, Mika happens to be a competent developer, and after a few late-night hours spent hacking the NES version of Nintendo's classic, he accomplished the role reversal his daughter had wished for.

03/11/2013 11:36 PM EDT

What Grad School Is Really Like

It's true. Grad school is nothing like undergrad.

(h/t Buzzfeed)

03/11/2013 11:24 PM EDT

Basically, Coding Is Pretty F***ing Cool

This video from will have you wanting to quit your job, and learn code right away. In it, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and agree: Coding is pretty f***ing cool.

03/01/2013 2:48 PM EST

On Wednesday 3/6, we'll be getting down to the bones of the situation

Join postdoctoral Fellow Kate Ziegler and college senior Amy Atwater for a Google+ Hangout all about Paleontology on Wednesday, March 6th at 11am.

You can watch the conversation unfold online here.

03/01/2013 2:23 PM EST

Via mentor Cheryl Platz

@ muppetaphrodite :

The folks behind my fave Muppets get behind a favorite cause: Sesame Workshop Wants Your Kid to Design Video Games

03/01/2013 11:36 AM EST

‘Smart for a Girl’ Now Just Means ‘Smart’

We love this list of high schoolers breaking ground with scientific research!

03/01/2013 11:35 AM EST

Via Twitter #STEMChat

@ saving4someday :

10 Place Where Anyone Can Learn To Code #TED #STEMChat #GTChat

03/01/2013 11:34 AM EST

Coding, Making, and the Arts: Essential Tools for Students

We know that arts integration can open all kinds of opportunities for learning and fostering creativity. We’re learning why computer science is an essential skill for every student to thrive in the digital world. And we’re understanding how allowing kids to get their hands on do-it-yourself projects shows them the value of designing, creating, and the process of making.

Click here for a great list of essential tools and tips for coding, making and arts via

02/21/2013 3:59 PM EST

Designing an iPad Case

What do teachers want in an iPad case?

Steven Carpenter, a ninth grade engineering teacher at Queens School of Inquiry in Flushing, NY asked his students to answer this question, using many practical research and design skills needed by engineers today.

Watch the video below to learn more:

[H/T Teaching Channel]

What kind of real-world projects would you like to see STEM students work on in their classrooms? Tell us in the comments below.

02/21/2013 3:39 PM EST

Habits of Successful Students at the #1 STEM High School in the Nation

The students of High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey have recently been named the smartest STEM students in the nation by the U.S. World Report.

Ninth grade teachers at the school Jonathan Olsen and Sarah Mulhern Gross explained yesterday in an article in The Washington Post why their students are so intelligent.

While they mention many good habits STEM students should adopt to succeed, such as reading, writing and collaborating with others, they make one point very clear -- that it's up to us, the friends and family of STEM students, to encourage and enable the younger generations to run with their passions.

"Smart is more than numbers and letters on a report card — it’s a way of life. All students can be smart. As parents and teachers, we just need to provide them with the opportunities to shine."

Read the entire article here.