MISSION: The Southern Colorado Girls STEM Initiative (SCGSI) exists to spur girls’ interest and 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. SCGSI provides a day of STEM learning and hands-on activities led by local female role models in the STEM fields (the Girls’ STEM Experience); a teacher training in gender-specific methods designed to encourage girls to undertake and excel in the STEM fields (Engaging Girls in STEM); outreach to professional female role models (Role Models Matter workshops); and Girls’ STEM Clubs in local school districts to ensure that the STEM learning begun with the Experience can be carried through the school, fostered by the trained Champions.

WHO:  The program is open to middle school girls (grades 6-8) from Pikes Peak Region school districts.  The participating districts/schools select the girls to attend.


WHEN:  Monday, December 7, 2015, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS)

WHAT:  The Girls’ STEM Experience provides a series of interactive workshops designed to engage girls in STEM content. Local professionals and university educators lead these workshops. A variety of chemistry and physics demonstrations, interactive experiments, engineering workshops, and dynamic hands-on activities are available for girls to choose from.  After the hands-on sessions, prominent female role models in STEM fields relay their stories to the girls over lunch. Participants receive t-shirts, breakfast and lunch and opportunities to win donated prizes. Participants receive a light breakfast and sack lunch.  There will be drawings for post-event survey participants.


7:30-8:15 A.M.  Arrival at UCCS and Registration

8:30-9:00           Keynote Speaker

9:15-10:30        Session I

10:45-12:00      Session II

12:15-1:15        STEM Career Speakers during lunch

1:30-1:45           All students on buses for return to schools

 COST: There is no cost to the students for this program.  School districts are responsible for transportation of students and chaperone(s) (a maximum of 2 per district) to and from UCCS.  Funding provided by local organizations that support girls and STEM learning.

For further information, please contact:

Vicki Taylor                                              Kathleen Fitzpatrick      

719 290-8933                                           19 660-6466

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