Whitaker Center offers engaging programming to get girls in grades 4-8 excited about the STEM field. Participants will enjoy an afternoon of discovery during our Girls in STEM Sunday events or dive into a week of STEM activities in one of our Girls in STEM week-long summer camps. Both programs feature hands-on, interactive experiences with activities that teach as well as entertain.
Girls in STEM programs are supported by The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation and
Whitaker Center offers STEM Sunday workshops for girls in grades 4 - 8 that feature design challenges and foster creative thinking. Participants will enjoy an afternoon of discovery with our Education staff as they lead the group in activities that help girls connect with real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and math.
This is a drop-off program. Parents and siblings of workshop participants are welcome to explore downtown Harrisburg or play in Harsco Science Center (and receive $5 off admission!) while the workshop is taking place.
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Cost: $5 per girl (grades 4 -8)
Sunday, January 27: Coding with Sphero
In Coding with Sphero, girls will learn some of the basics of coding using the robot, Sphero. Throughout the class, they will practice their skills by completing different challenges and making Sphero accomplish specific tasks.
Sunday, February 3: Bridge Building Challenge
Girls will discover what elements work together to create a strong structure through making, testing, and improving their own bridges. They will utilize a variety of materials to complete bridge building challenges including 3D printing pens.
Friday, February 22: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Night - Details here
Sunday, March 3: Designing Solutions
Girls will learn about the design thinking process as they will get two hours to design a solution to a common problem. They will define a need, brainstorm, prototype, and test a solution using a variety of materials.
Sunday, March 10: Coding 101
To prepare students for the 21st century world, this class gives kids the opportunity to explore coding and robotics. Kids will work with robots and apps such as Swift Playground and Ozobots to learn the basics of this essential skill. (* Please note, this is the same class as January 20.)
Sunday, April 28: STEMmmmmm! SOLD OUT!
During this program, girls will explore the science of cooking by completing challenges and (hopefully) even making something good enough to eat!
Girls in STEM Summer Camps go on sale March 5. Sign up here to be notified the instant camps go on sale!
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