Girls in STEM

Mission-critical initiative aimed at inspiring, empowering and encouraging interest in science and engineering among girls

There is a historic and continuing under-representation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Jobs requiring critical-thinking, problem solving and collaboration are growing, while at the same time there is a lack of available talent to fill them. Studies also show that girls are more engaged in learning when the content presented is both tactile and is closely tied to solving for a real-world problem or challenge. This framework is often lacking in today's classroom.

Arizona Science Center's Girls in STEM program plays an important role in fostering a community of learners interested in pursuing science inside and outside of the classroom. Since 2013, Girls in STEM has created an empowering and collaborative environment for girls in grades 4–8 to engage with other girls and female mentors for a full day of hands-on learning. To date, over 450 girls and female mentors have participated in the program. With the appointment of Arizona Science Center's first female scientist serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees, Barbara Lockwood, P.E. (Vice President, Regulation for APS) in 2016, Girls in STEM has become a strategic and mission-critical initiative under her leadership.

To celebrate their 5th annual Girls in STEM event, Arizona Science Center held its first Girls in STEM camp-in on October 27-28, 2017. The theme for 2017 was focused on biology and biotechnology. The girls learned about how diseases spread, dissected a cow eye, extracted DNA from strawberries, and practiced basic suturing techniques. Over the course of the event the girls were encouraged to continue being curious, ask questions, and never stop wondering!

Parent's Corner: Many of our visitors take to social media to let us know what they think about the Center. Here's a Facebook post left by Lori Cipriani Mitchell:

"My daughter attended the girls STEM day. She had a fabulous day, but… her rocket didn't fly. Victor was amazing speaking to my daughter about why her rocket may not have taken off. He spoke to her about learning from her mistakes and not giving up which is what I strongly encourage. Victor also offered to try her rocket again and it took off – she was very excited! Thank you all especially Kimberly (one of our mentors) and Victor for making my daughters day amazing and encouraging her to keep trying." 

Click here for information on upcoming Girl in STEM opportunities.