Girls in Science

Through our Girls in Science Initiative presented by DuPont Pioneer, the Science Center of Iowa aims to empower and equip girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in order to promote girls’ early engagement in STEM, encourage pursuit of these careers and develop a diverse workforce for the 21st century.

The Girls in Science series will include informal learning opportunities to meet successful women scientists and learn about careers in STEM fields.



February 6, 2016 – Girls in Science Festival (All ages)
Interested in learning more about science, technology, engineering and math? Girls and families of all ages are invited to SCI's Girls in Science Festival to explore a variety of careers in the "STEM Zones" and connect with female role models and mentors. Attendees also will be able to register for workshops conducted by scientists. Engineering workshops presented by Flint Hills Resources. Festival is included with SCI general admission.

STEM Zones

Mingle with female STEM mentors from a variety of fields in a fun, informal environment. Stations will feature a hands-on activity led by a local scientist:

  • Play a tune on a piano made from vegetables with Area515.
  • Try your hand at welding with Vermeer’s welding simulator.
  • Get up close with insects from DuPont Pioneer entomologist Laura Higgins, Ph.D.
  • See a human heart, lungs and brain with the University of Iowa’s SySTEMs of Discovery.
  • Add your mark to a graffiti wall with Flint Hills Resources.
  • And more!

Meet female STEM professionals representing more than 20 institutions:

  • Area515 Makerspace
  • ASCE YGM Board
  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Cyclone Space Mining
  • DMACC Urban Campus
  • Drake University Pharmacy Fraternity
  • DuPont Pioneer
  • Elevate Iowa
  • Flint Hills Resources
  • Hy-Vee Dieticians
  • Iowa Public Television
  • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • K12 Resource Center
  • LEGO Users Group
  • Metro Waste Authority
  • National Weather Service
  • STEM Hub
  • Team Neutrino
  • University of Iowa SySTEMs of Discovery
  • Vermeer Women in Manufacturing


Build, code, explore animal adaptations and more in collaborative workshops led by inspiring women in STEM. One-hour workshops are for girls only, and space is limited. To register, call 515-274-6868 ext. 222.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Dazzle Robots (Grades 1-3): Here ye, Hear ye, fair maidens! Come and learn to code by creating enchanting jewelry that will guide you on a princess quest, discover sparkling jewels, be challenged to follow the Queens commands and design your own royal coach.
  • Zap, Buzz, Blink: All About Electricity (Grades 4-8): Light it up with this hands-on electricity workshop!

1:00-2:00 pm

  • Building Big: Architecture and Engineering (Grades 1-3): Build your own structure, and test its strength. Engineers from Flint Hills Resources will assist with this workshop.
  • Test, Tinker, Try Again: Becoming an Engineer (Grades 4-8): Learn how the design cycle can help you solve problems. Engineers from Flint Hills Resources will assist with this workshop.

2:00-3:00 pm

  • Amazing Animal Adaptations (Grades 1-3): Meet some extraordinary critters, and learn how their adaptations help them thrive in nature.

3:00-4:00 pm

  • Amazing Animal Adaptations (Grades 1-3): Meet some extraordinary critters, and learn how their adaptations help them thrive in nature.
  • All About Genes (4-8): Learn about the biological building blocks that make you YOU!



  • Summer 2016 – SciGirls Summer Camps
    Grades 3-4: June 13-14
    Grades 5-8: June 6-10 and August 1-5
    Designed especially for girls, SciGirls camps ignite wonder and fascination in girls as they discover the world around them. Summer Camps include a week full of science just for girls. Summer Camp registration opens January 18, 2016. (January 4 for SCI Members)

Questions about SCI's Girls in Science Initiative? Contact us at

SCI's Girls in Science events are presented by DuPont Pioneer and made possible by aditional support from: Des Moines University, DuPont Pioneer, Eaton, Flint Hills Resources, Iowa State University's Department of Aerospace Engineering, John Deere, Kemin, Monsanto, Syngenta, UnityPoint Health and Vermeer. 

The Science Center of Iowa is an official SciGirls® museum. Based on the best practices in STEM education for girls, SciGirls’ videos, online resources, hands-on activities and professional development work together to address a singular but powerful goal: to inspire, enable and maximize STEM learning and participation for all girls, encouraging greater interest in these careers.

SciGirls is produced for PBS by National Productions and is made possible by the National Science Foundation. Additional support by ExxonMobil.