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 Pajama Parties — Almost Overnights (Grades 2–8)

Grades 2–5  |  Saturday, October 5  |  6:00-11:00 pm
Grades 6–8  |  Saturday, October 19  |  6:00-11:00 pm

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.

PJ Party Tickets

Please note: To purchase PJ party tickets, click the button above. Select "Register for Camps" from the list of ticketing options. For girls in grades 2-5, select the October 5 "Girl-Only Pajama Party." For girls in grades 6-8, select the October 19 "Girl-Only Pajama Party." 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)

Friday, November 1  |  6:00-9:30 pm

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. Participants must apply to attend by Monday, October 21.

Meals with Mentors Application

SciGirls® Winter Camps (Grades 2–4)

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

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.

SciGirls® Summer Camps (Grades 3–8)

Check back in the spring for details on the Summer 2020 SCIGirls® 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.

Upcoming Events

  • Feb 8 2020 | 10:00AM – 4:00PM

    Girls in Science Festival