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Girls in STEM

 

  

SPRING 2021 Girls In STEM Workshops

Experience innovation and discovery with one of our Girls In STEM Workshops!

Join us for workshops designed for young ladies in 4-8 grade, who will participate in activities that connect with real-world applications of STEM through design, programming, coding, engineering, and more. All workshops are held from 12:00 - 2:00 PM in the newly renovated STEM Labs at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. Read the program description to see if the lab is virtual. Tickets are just $5 per girl, per workshop!

Any questions or concerns can be directed to education@whitakercenter.org.


January 17 - Virtual Workshop: Kinetic Art

Girls will transform found materials into works of art during this at-home workshop. We will look at some ways that artists might use the engineering design process to create mesmerizing sculptures and illusions. Our Education staff will send a list of suggested materials ahead of time so you can gather everything you need, then join our Educator over a Zoom call to collaborate on the design process!


January 24 - Virtual Workshop: Recycled Machines

Participants will think like engineers as they design a solution that will help others. We will use recycled and found materials to prototype a machine or robot that helps solve a problem. Our Education staff will send a list of suggested materials ahead of time so you can gather everything you need, then join our Educator over a Zoom call to collaborate on the design process!


January 31 - Virtual Workshop: Astro Designers

Discover the ways that science has changed our understanding of the universe over time - without leaving home! Together, girls will explore the constellations and design a life-sustaining planet. Our Education staff will send a list of suggested materials ahead of time so you can gather everything you need, then join our Educator over a Zoom call for the program!


February 7 - Kitchen Chemistry

Back by popular demand! Participants will join us in the lab to explore the science behind cooking and complete a fresh batch of cooking challenges.


February 14 - Bridge the Gap

Civil engineers are always testing new materials and techniques to help us get from place to place. Girls will step into the shoes of a civil engineer for the day and use 3D printing technology to build the strongest bridges possible.


February 25 - Introduce a Girl to Engineering Night!

Get ready to become a robotics engineer—no experience required! Girls will collaborate with one another to explore programming concepts and build modular robots. Think outside the box as you tackle some unique challenges and solve real-world problems. These activities will be followed by a special screening of “Dream Big” in our Select Medical Digital Cinema.   

*Please note this program takes place on a Thursday night from 5:00-7:30. 


February 28 - Designing for Safety

Participants will design vehicles that protect passengers during a collision. Then, we will use eggs as crash test dummies to identify the most successful designs. Let’s hope no one cracks under the pressure!


March 7 - Sensational Circuits

Prove that you’re the brightest in the bunch by using unconventional materials to build and modify electrical circuits. Participants will face a series of challenges to light the most lights while using the least power possible.


March 14 - Sphero Artists

Art meets technology in this fun workshop! Girls will use simple block coding concepts, Spheros, and a lot of creativity to create hypnotic and colorful artworks.


March 21 - Lunar Landing

What goes up...must come down—especially in the case of an astronaut headed to space! Participants will team up to build a capsule that can first send astronauts through the atmosphere, then help them land safely once their mission is complete.


April 25 - Wind Power

Ever wonder how engineers help us to harness the power of the wind? Girls will explore how design affects performance as they build and test functional wind turbines.


Support the Girls in STEM Initiatives

When you make a $50 or more donation, you will receive our exclusive “I Empowered a Girl” t-shirt! 
Contact development@whitakercenter.org for more information.


 


Girls in STEM programs are supported by The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation.
    

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