Girls in Science

Through our Girls in Science Initiative, 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.



  • April 12 – Coffee & Careers, 9:00-11:00 am (Grades 9-12)
    Know a girl considering a college major in science, technology, engineering or math? SCI's Girls in Science "Coffee & Careers" event invites high school girls to meet and learn from local women in STEM. In this fun and fast-paced morning, STEM Mentors will share their story in just 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. Following the presentations, they will enjoy a continental breakfast together and be able to interact more personally, making connections and sharing advice. 
    Due to a recent donation, Coffee & Careers is now FREE! Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required. Register by calling 515-274-6868 ext. 222
  • June 9-13 – SciGirls Summer Camp (Grades 5-6)
    It's a week full of fun science fun just for girls. Learn more
  • June 23-27 – SciGirls Summer Camp (Grades 3-4)
    It's a week full of fun science fun just for girls. Learn more
  • August 4-8 – SciGirls Summer Camp (Grades 5-6)
    It's a week full of fun science fun just for girls. Learn more


  • October 11 – Pajama Party (Ages 8-15)
    Girls ages 8-15 are invited to a fun late-night adventure at SCI! Activities will include an IMAX film, pizza dinner, team challenges, hands-on activities and local women from STEM fields sharing their stories and discussing their careers. By the time you go home to bed, you'll be dreaming big about how science can be a part of your future!
    Details and registration coming soon.
  • February 7, 2015 – Girls in Science Festival
    Interested in learning more about what the life of a female STEM scientist is like? Girls and families of all ages are invited to SCI's Girls in Science Festival to explore a vareity of careers in the "STEM Zones" and connect with female role models and mentors.
    Festival is included with SCI general admission. Registration is not needed for admission to the festival.

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


SCI's Girls in Science events are made possible by support from: Des Moines University, DuPont Pioneer, Eaton, Flint Hills Resources, ISU'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.