Whitaker Center
Central PA’s Nonprofit Center for the Arts

Girls in STEM


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

Join us for workshops designed and led by our stellar education staff, who help participants in grades 4 – 8 connect with real-world applications of STEM through design, programming, coding, engineering and more.

Girls In STEM Workshops

All workshops are held from 12 – 2 p.m. in the newly-renovated STEM Design Studios at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.
Each workshop is just $5!


Chariot Challenge with Sphero
In this STEM class, girls will work together to engineer chariots to fit over a sphero. They will see how much weight they can pull while successfully coding their spheros to complete challenges! 
Lights, Camera, iMovie!
Participants will learn how to use iMovie while creating their very own film! 
Volcanoes and Chemistry
Girls will learn about the science of volcanoes and chemistry while creating their own volcanic eruption.
Space Exploration: Designing Rovers
What types of design elements are important in building rovers for planet exploration? Girls will investigate this question and use the engineering design process to create their own.

This is the only workshop on a Saturday. All other workshops are on Sunday.

Preventing Pollution: Cleaning up Dirty Water
Participants will identify the best ways to clean dirty water using a variety of materials to engineer water filters.
Designing for Safety
Using eggs as passengers, girls will use the engineering design process to create vehicles that protect them from cracking in collisions. Participants will learn about what it takes to design a safe car. 
Coding with SmartGurlz

Whitaker Center will collaborate with the State Library to teach girls coding with SmartGurlz technology. A collaboration with the State Library.

Kitchen Chemistry
During this program, girls will explore the science of cooking by completing challenges and (hopefully) even making something good enough to eat! 



February 15 - February 16, 2020

Help us celebrate Engineering Weekend at Whitaker Center! Fun, hands-on activities will be spread throughout the Harsco Science Center to inspire the next generation of engineers. Come join us for building challenges, demonstrations, and more!

This event is included with general admission to Harsco Science Center.


February 20, 2020          5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us for a night of building, experimenting, and fun! Girls, in grades 4-8, will have the opportunity to complete various challenges by building bridges, towers, and even a mechanical computer! These activities will be followed by a special screening of “Dream Big” in our Select Medical Digital Cinema.

The evening will begin in Lab A and then move to Select Medical Digital Cinema. Tickets are $5 per person. Girls must be in grades 4-8.

There is a max capacity of 30 students. Get your tickets today!



February 22, 2020          9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Do you have a Girl Scout interested in a STEM career? Are you curious about what STEM careers are out there? Then this event is for you! Girl Scouts of all ages and levels are welcome at our first ever Girl Scout Careers in STEM Day, where Whitaker Center staff and partners will be giving glimpses into various career fields through fun, hands on activities throughout the Harsco Science Center. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the experts, see the tools, and discover what it’s like to work in a STEM field!

Registration cost includes Harsco Science Center admission, vendor activities, a Girl Scout Fun Patch for the event, and a light snack. 


When you make a $50 or more donation, you'll receive our new, exclusive “I Empowered a Girl” t-shirt! 
Donate here!

Find out more about our Women in STEM Awards Luncheon that benefits this initiative! Click here



Girls In STEM Summer Camps

Girls will take a hands-on approach to the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  They will be introduced to architecture and engineering, physics, kitchen chemistry, and coding through experiential activities and design challenges.  The young ladies will learn vital communication skills while collaboratively working their peers in this fast-paced STEM environment.

Camps include snacks, make-and-take projects, and activity extensions so that children can continue their learning at home. All activities are fully supervised by Whitaker Center Education staff. Time for “free play” is built into all schedules.

Space in each camp is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. If a camp is sold out, add your name to the waitlist and if a spot opens up we'll contact you ASAP. Be sure to check out our Camp Policies before you complete registration!

Want to be notified when Girls in STEM events are added? Provide your email and we'll let you know the minute new programs are available!

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

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