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Science Club for Girls increases the confidence and literacy in science, technology, mathematics and engineering in girls from kindergarten to 12th grades by providing free programs in hands-on learning, mentorship, as well as leadership opportunities. Girls work with mentor-scientists who model and foster leadership, affirm college as an expectation, and promote careers in science and technology as goals and options.
We focus on girls from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences, and who may be first in their families to attend college.
Science Club for Girls was started in Cambridge in 1994 by a couple of parents, and currently serves almost 600 youth a year through our school year programs in Cambridge and Newton, pilot programs in Lawrence, Boston and Framingham, and our youth-led summer program.
Ranging from K-7th grades, girls in science clubs participate in hands-on explorations that nurture their curiosity for the world and familiarize them with the process and tools of science and engineering.
8-12th grade girls who participate in our Junior Mentor program are co-teachers in the clubs, serving as role models and mentors for the younger girls, and gain leadership skills through weekly workshops. 11th and 12th graders gain direct experience in science and technology through our media team, our rocket team and summer internships in collaboration with our corporate partners.
We connect girls with female scientists(-in-training) who directly challenge the gender myth in science, who create a nurturing environment where inquiry is encouraged, and who affirm college as an expectation. These mentors are college, graduate students or professionals in science and engineering.
Science Club for Girls is especially committed to the participation of girls from ethnic and racial groups who are traditionally underrepresented in science and technology. The majority of the girls we serve attend public schools, are from populations that are eligible for reduced price or free school lunches, and first in their families to attend college.
All eight graduating seniors from our JA program last year were accepted to 4-year colleges!