Girls in Science Initiative

SCI's Girls in Science Initiative aims to empower and equip girls in science, technology, engineering and math.

Research shows that while women are attending and completing college at higher rates than ever before, they represent only 26% of the college-educated workforce in science and engineering occupations, according to the National Science Board. The Science Center of Iowa wants to help change that. SCI’s Girls in Science Initiative was created in the hopes of inspiring the next generation of female STEM professionals.

Rarely are students taught about the accomplishments of female scientists, nor do they see their portraits hung on the walls of classrooms. The Girls in Science Initiative seeks to introduce girls to female STEM professionals that are in the workforce right now. These successful women, representatives of an ever growing minority in STEM, are available to lend advice to the participants.

SCI’s Girls in Science Initiative provides a rare opportunity for girls to meet and connect with female mentors and role models in an array of disciplines. SCI is on a mission to develop a diverse 21st century workforce, and that starts with empowering and equipping girls in science, technology, engineering and math today.

Girls in Science Events

Meals with Mentors (Grades 7–12)

November 15, 2022 (6:00 – 8:30 pm)

Girls in grades 7 through 12 can register online for this unique event where they 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 as well as group challenges that give girls the opportunity to interact with as many of the attending female STEM professionals as possible.

This event is free for girls to attend

Register Here

Technovision Moonshot

(Date TBD)

In partnership with Technovation, SCI invites girls ages 8 to 18 to participate in team competitions which tap into their technological skills to solve real-world problems. Check back soon for more details on this exciting opportunity!

Girls in Science Festival (All Ages)

February 18, 2023

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 presented by Corteva to explore a variety of STEM careers and connect with female role models. Check back soon for more updates on this exciting event!

Festival activities are included with SCI general admission.

SciGirls® Summer Camps (Grades 3–8)

Check back soon for dates for SciGirls Summer Camps.

If you like science and creating, this is the camp for you! We will explore different ways to create, combining conventional crafting with science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

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.