Breaking Barriers and Empowering Girls to Be Confident Leaders
Keystone Science School’s Girls in STEM Program strives to break through gender barriers in STEM fields, inspires girls to be their authentic selves and empowers girls to be confident leaders in their classrooms and beyond. 2023 was another successful year with four Girls in STEM programs and over 90 participating girls.
Our program fosters an amazing community of females, students, and adults alike—all who want to see a shift within STEM careers in the future. We launched our Girls in STEM Program in 2015 to be part of this change. Each session highlights at least one STEM career and provides a female guest STEM professional and mentor who acts as a role model for the participants. Our female STEM mentors worked side-by-side with the girls to help facilitate discussions on the design of their prototypes and/or solutions. The girls then presented their final products to their peers and parents!
Snow & Avalanche Science
This program focuses on careers related to snow and avalanche mitigation. Participants visited Arapahoe Basin ski area to meet with female ski patrollers and learned how to dig snow pits, use avalanche beacons, and watched a demo of avalanche dogs, along with an afternoon cross country skiing!
Medical Research Exploration
Participants got first hand experience in bioengineering and healthcare in partnership with The Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI).
In partnership with Breck Film Fest, girls learned about careers within the film industry as they produced their own short films. All students will created their own film with support from a variety of females currently working in the film industry.
Water in the West
Girls in STEM: Water in West focuses on why water related careers are so prevalent in the western United States. Throughout the weekend, participants explored how water is a limited resource, participated in hands-on projects in our local community, and used a creative way to communicate what they learned about watersheds.
participating girls in 2023
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Inspire young females to build their confidence to pursue or continue studies in STEM subjects.
Encourage teamwork and leadership skills through group challenges related to STEM.
Incorporate the Engineering Design Process into interactive, engaging activities with real-life applications.
Expose participants to STEM-related careers and professional females in those roles.
Promote reflection through journaling and meaningful conversations.
STEM Mentors are a key component of each Girls in STEM Program. In 2023, each program had an influential STEM professional speak about their career, what inspired them to choose that career, challenges they faced and other factors of STEM that relate to their professional and career experience.
View the mentors from this year’s STEM programs
SNOW & AVALANCHE SCIENCE
Ski Patrol Supervisor at A Basin
Team Lead for Summit County Rescue Group
Program Director of Avalanche Science
Assistant Director of Programs at Desert Mountain Medicine
Alpine Guide for Mountain Madness
Ski Patrol at Beaver Creek, Program Manager Desert Mountain Medicine
Producer, Creator, Actor
Writer, Director, Producer, Actor
Producer, Composer, Animator
Director, Writer, Producer Actor, VR Filmmaker
Leslie B. Vidal
Vice President of Operations
Clinical Trials Coordinator
Principal Scientist for Imaging Research
Physician Assistant and Practice Manager
Biomechanical Research Engineer
WATER IN THE WEST
Water Rights Activist, Content Creator
Aurora Water – Sr. Environmental Education & Outreach Specialist
PhD. Earth & Atmospheric Science Professor
CWP. Water Division Manager
In the words of students and parents
“Celia inspired me with how she became a filmmaker! I now think I want to have a career in film!”
“My daughter loves STEM. She learned so much and really appreciated learning from all the female identifying leaders. She wants to come back next year!”
“Marla inspired me by showing me that girls can do anything and should fight for what they want to do.”
View Full Impact Report PDF
For further details on the impact of this program at Keystone Science School, please refer to the 2023 Girls in STEM Impact Report linked below.