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.


GIRLS IN SCIENCE FESTIVAL: February 7, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Interested in learning about the life of a female STEM professional? 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.
Festival is included with SCI general admission. Registration is not needed for admission to the festival.

Free Workshops: Girls ages 8-13 also will be able to register for workshops conducted by real scientists! Workshops are free with SCI admission but limited to 30 girls per session. Register by calling 515-274-6868 ext. 222.

  • Survivor: Fluffy Bunnies in the Fierce Jungle – 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Help fluffy bunnies adapt to the wild environment with a few key traits! Engineer the ultimate jungle-jumping bunny with genes, family trees and graphs.
    Limited to 30 girls ages 8-13. Register by calling 515-274-6868 ext. 222.
  • Engineer It: Skyscrapers, Sports and Space Travel  12:30-2:00 pm
    Engineering workshop presented by: Flint Hills Resources
    Build the ultimate tower, explore the science of softball and design a powerful rocket in this engineering workshop! Plus, learn how the design cycle can help you solve everyday problems.
    Limited to 30 girls ages 8-13. Register by calling 515-274-6868 ext. 222.
  • Makey Makey Music Music! – 1:00-2:00 pm
    Put your knowledge of electronics and circuitry to work by utilizing MaKey MaKey kits and mysterious "Boxes of Promise." Come ready to innovate, use your imagination and create music of the future!
    Limited to 30 girls ages 8-13. Register by calling 515-274-6868 ext. 222.



  • 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 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 February 7, and selected students will be notified by April 10. 


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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.