Female Recruits Explore Engineering

Started in 2006, FREE is a group of young women selected as high school students because of their academic success in math and science. Researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder offered an outreach program at three Denver-area high schools as part of a study funded by the National Science Foundation. One major finding from the FREE project is that high school is not too late to get young women interested in STEM fields. FREE participants visited college engineering projects, met engineers and designed their own engineering projects. By their junior year in high school, many were considering engineering as a field of study.

Since then, the FREE project has continued to follow the young women after their high school graduations. Through this long-term study of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), FREE researchers are learning that despite the girls’ interest in STEM fields and desire to earn college degrees many FREE participants face big challenges to achieving their educational goals.

Now we are turning to you, our friends, families and colleagues to introduce you to a talented and ambitious group of young women. Please join us as we embark on a new outreach effort: We are leveraging technology to:

Donate to the FREE Gift Fund

Click on the link below if you would like to help support the educational goals of these amazing young women. Your donation is fully tax-deductible; and 100% will be distributed to the young women. Please specify “FREE Gift Fund” when making your donation. Money will be used for general operating support for things such as books, computers, other school supplies and education-related expenses for these young women.

To learn more about FREE:

Donate to the FREE Gift Fund

Click on the link below if you would like to help support the educational goals of these amazing young women. Your donation is fully tax-deductible; and 100% will be distributed to the young women. Please specify “FREE Gift Fund” when making your donation. Money will be used for general operating support for things such as books, computers, other school supplies and education-related expenses for these young women.