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Girls in STEM



Fall 2021 Girls in STEM Workshops are now on sale!

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 in the newly renovated STEM Labs at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. Tickets are just $5 per girl, per workshop!  

Please note, for Girls in STEM workshops held at Whitaker Center - Science Center exploration before or after your workshop is NOT included in the price of your workshop.  Science Center tickets can be purchased at the Box Office the day of your workshop if the science center is open to the public.  

Given new CDC guidelines Whitaker Center is requiring all individuals grade 12 and under wear a mask during their time at Whitaker Center.  Those older than 12th grade are highly encouraged to wear a mask as the majority of Whitaker Center patrons are not yet eligible to receive a vaccination against Covid-19. 

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


Girls in STEM Workshops for Grades 4-8!


September 25th -12:00-2:00pm - Designing for Earthquakes - Calling all young engineers! Prove that your designs can withstand the forces of nature. Girls will explore earthquake-proof design components and use them to construct innovative stable buildings.

October 3rd - 12:00-2:00pm - Wearable Tech - Learn how fashion and technology can collide! Participants will utilize different elements of technology as they create their own unique, wearable designs.

October 10th - 12:00-2:00pm - Mission: Space - As part of World Space Week 2021, Whitaker Center is celebrating women in space! Girls will use a combination of design skills and technology as they tackle some of the challenges that await astronauts as they seek to explore the Solar System.

October 17th - 12:00-2:00pm - Kinetic Sculptures - Girls will learn about kinetic art in the 19th and 20th centuries, then design their own movable sculptures using found materials and readymade objects. Tap into your creativity and your STEM design skills to create unique, eye-catching works of art.

October 23rd - 9:00-11:00am - Clever Chemists - Put on your lab coat and goggles for this hands-on introduction to chemistry! Participants will learn about chemical reactions and investigate the differences between acids and bases.

November 7th -12:00-2:00pm - Rube Goldberg Machines - Cartoonist Rube Goldberg created thousands of complicated designs to solve even the simplest of problems. Girls will explore his designs and then use simple machines as their starting point to create their own complex and entertaining chain reaction.

November 13th - 9:00-11:00am - Tornado Proof Construction - Why does the United States experience more tornadoes than anywhere else in the world? Girls will investigate this extreme weather phenomenon and learn how engineers help us to prepare for them.

November 21st - 12:00-2:00pm - Kitchen Chemistry: Holiday Edition - How do you make the perfect holiday cookie? Find out in this special edition of Kitchen Chemistry! Girls will make variations of a simple recipe to explore the science behind cookie baking, then bring home their best cookie creations!


Support the Girls in STEM Initiatives

When you make a $30, you will receive our Girls in STEM T-Shirt!  The 2021 winning design for the Girls in STEM t-shirt was created by 6th grader Sonna and shows the creativity in STEM fields.  All proceeds benefit Whitaker's Girls in STEM Initiative, empowering girls through fun and welcoming STEM activities.
Click here to purchase!


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

These programs and many others are part of the


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