Get involved! Register for STEP UP!
  • High school physics teachers
    Adopt the evidence-based lessons and strategies to help change the culture in physics.
  • Higher education faculty/professors
    Recruit teacher leaders and incorporate STEP UP curriculum into physics teacher training.
  • Physics undergraduate students
    Invite your physics teachers to join and encourage other students to reach out as well.
  • Others
    Join the STEP UP community to help recruit physics teachers and build up support for women in physics and this intervention.
STEP UP participants in a classroom
STEP UP is a national community of physics teachers, researchers, and professional societies. We design high school physics lessons to empower teachers, create cultural change, and inspire young women to pursue physics in college.


STEP UP Ambassadors are volunteer high school physics teachers that will train others on how to effectively reduce barriers for women in physics 

Student outreach

Help STEP UP recruit teachers to be a part of the movement. You can make a difference!

About the program

Drawing on research evidence, STEP UP will mobilize thousands of high school physics teachers to reduce barriers and inspire young women to pursue physics degrees in college. The goal is to increase the representation of women amongst physics bachelor’s degrees and begin to shift deep-seated cultural views about who does physics.

If half of the high school physics teachers encourage just one more female student to pursue physics as a major, a historic shift will be initiated — female students will make up 50% of incoming physics majors.