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.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • October 11 – Pajama Party: An Almost Overnight (Ages 8-15), 6:00-11:00 pm
    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! 
    Cost is $5 per person. Register online at www.sciowa.org/buytickets or call 515-274-6868 ext. 222
     
  • November 21 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 dinner will feature a keynote speaker, a fun group challenge and an icebreaker activity where girls will have an interact with as many of the attending female scientists as possible.
    Thanks to sponsors, this event is free for students to attend. Applications open September 15, and selected students will be notified by October 31.
     
  • February 7, 2015 – Girls in Science Festival (All ages)
    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.
     
  • March 7, 2015 Coffee & Careers (Grades 9-12), 9:00-11:00 am
    Are you considering a STEM major in college? Coffee & Careers invites high school girls to a fun and fast-paced morning where local STEM mentors will share their stories in just 6 minutes and 40 seconds each... only long enough to pique some interest! Following the presentations, the students and scientists will enjoy a continental breakfast and the chance to chat about the path to becoming a woman in STEM.
    Registration is required. Registration opens February 7.
     
  • April 24, 2015 – Meals with Mentors (Grades 7-12), 6:00-9:00 pmGirls 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 dinner will feature a keynote speaker, a fun group challenge and an icebreaker activity where girls will have an interact with as many of the attending female scientists as possible.
    Thanks to sponsors, this event is free for students to attend. Applications open February 7, and selected students will be notified by April 10.

     

Questions about SCI's Girls in Science Initiative? Contact us at girlsinscience@sciowa.org.

 

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.