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 remain underrepresented in STEM fields. Through our Girls in Science events, girls have opportunities to meet and interact with female role models and learn about their careers.

Girls in Science Events:

Girls in Science Festival (All Ages)

Saturday, February 8, 2020  |  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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 Flint Hills Resources to explore a variety of STEM careers and connect with female role models. Try hands-on activities at festival booths, hear personal “STEM Stories” and register for workshops conducted by scientists and SCI Staff.

Festival activities are included with SCI general admission.

STEM Stories: Hear from women who have volunteered to share their "STEM Story" (the how and why they got where they are) in a fun and fast-paced format, where each presentation is just 6 minutes and 40 seconds long!

11:30 am presenters

  • Dr. Magan Lewis, integrated field sciences innovation lead, Corteva
  • Sanjana Mahadev-Bhat, Ph.D. candidate and teaching assistant in immunobiology, Iowa State University
  • Kimberly Wayne, executive director, Jewels Academy

12:30 pm presenters

  • Maddie McClure, computer science undergraduate student, Central College
  • Kristy Carter, pathways student, National Weather Service
  • Zoe Zhang, 6th grade FTC student, Summit Middle School
  • Addison Smith, dealer integration lead, Vermeer

Workshops: Sign up for free workshops designed for girls in Grades 1-12. Registration opens one hour prior to the workshop.

  • 11:00-11:45 am (Grades 1-4) - It's Electric! with Vermeer Corporation
  • 11:00-11:45 am (Grades 5-12) - Global Soundscapes with SCI • 1:00-1:45 pm (Grades 1-3) - Junior Chemist! with SCI
  • 1:00-1:45 pm (Grades 6-8) - Do You Hear What I Hear? with Flint Hills Resources
  • 1:30-2:45 pm (Grades 4-10) - Robot Lab with SCI
  • 2:00-2:45 pm (Grades 1-6) - Crystal Chemistry with ISU Materials Advantage
  • 2:00-2:45 pm (Grades 4-8) - Operation: Anatomy with Des Moines University Department of Anatomy
  • 3:00-4:15 pm (Grades 4-10) - Robot Lab with SCI

STEM Booths: Explore science, technology, engineering and math with hands-on activities!

  • American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Central Iowa Younger Member Group
  • Cardinal Space Mining
  • Central College
  • Corteva Agriscience, Agricultural Division of DowDuPont
  • DMACC Surgical Technology
  • Des Moines University Department of Anatomy
  • Des Moines University Emergency Medicine Interest Group
  • Flint Hills Resources
  • FTC 9974 T.H.O.R.
  • IMBIO Graduate Student Organization
  • Iowa PBS
  • ISU Neuroscience Interdepartmental Graduate Program
  • ISU Microbiology Program
  • Jewels Academy
  • Johnston Community School District Discoduckbots FTC Team
  • Johnston Community School District FIRST Tech Challenge
  • Kemin Industries
  • Materials Advantage
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences - Des Moines, Iowa
  • Team Neutrino
  • USDA-ARS and Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University
  • U.S. National Weather Service Des Moines Iowa
  • U.S. Air Force Academy and AFROTC
  • Vermeer Corporation Women in Manufacturing

SciGirls® Summer Camps (Grades 3–8)

July 27-31 (Grades 3-4) - 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.

Register for Summer Camps

Girls in Science Pajama Parties — Almost Overnights (Grades 2–8)

Held each fall (dates will be announced soon)

Girls in grades 2–5 and 6–8 are invited to a fun, late-night adventure at SCI! This evening event features hands-on activities, team challenges, a pizza party and the opportunity to meet local women from STEM fields. By the time they go home to bed, they'll be dreaming about how science can be a part of their future!

Tickets cost $7.00 per participant. Advanced registration is required.

Meals with Mentors (Grades 7–12)

Held each fall (date will be announced soon)

Girls in grades 7 through 12 can apply 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 keynote speaker Allie Hopkins (Hardware Operations Manager at Google) 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.

SciGirls® Winter Camps (Grades 2–4)

Check back in the fall for details about Girls in Science Winter Camps.

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.

Contact us at girlsinscience@sciowa.org.