MISSION: The Southern Colorado Girls’ STEM Initiative (SCGSI) exists to promote increased participation of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

WHY: Because girls are typically underrepresented in the STEM professions, SCGSI brings awareness to these career options and excellent opportunities for economic self-sufficiency. Through the Girls’ STEM Experience, students gain access to real world activities using STEM skills and make contact with experienced STEM professionals. SCGSI creates a STEM literate citizenry.

WHO: The program is open to middle school girls (grades 6-8) from selected school districts in Southern Colorado. The participating districts/schools choose the girls to attend.

WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)

WHAT: The Girls’ STEM Experience provides a series of interactive workshops designed to engage girls in STEM content and activities. Local professionals and university educators act as mentors while leading these work sessions. A variety of chemistry and physics demonstrations, interactive experiments, engineering skills, and dynamic hands-on activities are available for girls to choose through their interests. After the hands-on sessions, prominent female role models in STEM fields relay their stories to the young women followed by a short question and answer period. Participants receive breakfast and lunch and opportunities to win donated prizes.

HOW: SCGSI provides opportunities for Middle school girls to be mentored and experience real world activities relating to STEM professions and understand the importance of careers in STEM.

COST: There is no cost to the schools or students for this program, other than the transportation of students and chaperone(s) to and from UCCS.

SPONSORS: The organizations that are sponsoring this program to date are AAUW, Braxton Technologies, the Center for STEM Education at University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), Colorado Springs School District 11, Challenger Learning Center for Colorado, General Mills, Kaiser Permanente, Regis University and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.

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