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.



  • April 24, 2015 – Meals with Mentors (Grades 7-12), 6:00-9:00 pm
    Girls in grades 7-12 can apply for this unique event where you will meet female undergraduates studying for a degree in a STEM field as well as working female scientists. The evening features a fun group challenge and an icebreaker activity where girls will have the opportunity to interact with as many attending female scientists as possible.
    This year's keynote presenter is Dr. Jill Pruetz, a professor at Iowa State University specializing in biological anthropology and primatology. Dr. Pruetz has traveled the world studying the behavior of non-human primates, including chimpanzees, spider monkeys and tamarins.
    Thanks to sponsors, this event is free for students to attend. Applications are due Wednesday, April 8. All applicants will be notified by April 10. Apply now
  • May 6, 2015 – 2015-2016 Girls in Science Launch Party (4:30-6:00 pm)
    Join us to celebrate SCI's Girls in Science Initiative! We'll announce the 2015-2016 Girls in Science schedule and honor our 2015 Girls in Science Scientist of the Year. Snacks and refreshments provided. No registration required.

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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.