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:

SciGirls® Summer Camps (Grades 3–8)

Check back in the spring for details on the Summer 2019 SCIGirls® Camps

Girls in Science Pajama Parties

Details coming Fall 2019
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! Please note: Activities will be facilitated by our science learning team and female STEM mentors. If parents wish to attend, they may purchase a ticket by calling our Sales Office at 515-274-6868 ext. 222.

Meals with Mentors (Grades 7–12)

Details coming Fall 2019
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 a keynote speaker (Jenifer Bates, senior civil engineer and project manager with Shive-Hattery) 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. Applications are now closed.

SciGirls® Winter Camps (Grades 2–4)

Details coming Fall 2019

Grades 2–4 (January 2) - Participants are invited to explore STEM fields with leading female scientists. During this full-day camp, girls will learn how testing, exploring and experimenting can be a part of their everyday life.

Girls in Science Festival (All Ages)

Saturday, February 15, 2020
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.

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.