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Girls in STEM - Medical Research Exploration

Keystone Science School’s Girls in STEM: Medical Research Exploration focuses on addressing challenges experienced by women interested in pursuing STEM-specific education and careers. Specifically, participants will learn about bioengineering and healthcare in partnership with The Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI).

Participants will go on a laboratory tour to see important aspects of the SPRI labs used by scientists and doctors and get a glimpse into a world-class scientific research program. Participants will also have an interactive experience and a Q&A session with the SPRI scientists to have the opportunity to hear from women connected to the healthcare industry, and learn about the barriers they have faced as women and how they overcome those challenges.


When: 4/28-4/30, 2023
Who: Girls, Grades 4th to 8th
Where: Keystone Science School
Price: $175
Scholarships Available and are awarded to those who express economic need and a passion for the program.

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Sample Schedule

Please note that this program schedule may change based on the availability of our STEM Mentors.

Day 1: Friday
4:00pm Optional student pickup at Silverthorne Elementry & Dillon Valley Elementary
4:30pm-5:00pm Check-in, move into dorms, meet instructor & dinner
5:00pm Program Kick Off - Overview & Expectations
5:30pm Individual Group Time
7:00 pm Presentation from SPRI: the scientific method
8:30pm Female Empowerment Activity
9:30pm Lights Out
Day 2: Saturday
8:00am Day overview (breakfast @ Keystone Science School)
10:00am Tour of SPRI
3:00pm Career Panel - Women in Bioengineering
5:00pm Feet off the floor time back at KSS campus
5:30pm Design thinking process and project overview 
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Begin work on bioengineering project
8:00pm Campfire
9:00pm Back to dorms, candle chat
Day 3: Sunday
8:00am Breakfast
8:30am Day overview
9:00am Work on bioengineering projects and presentations
12:00pm Parent/Guardian presentations
12:30pm Pick up / Checkout from campus
1:00pm Pick up / Checkout from Silverthoren Elementary & Dillon Valley Elementary

Rates & Sliding Fee Scale

Free & Reduced Lunch Rate $45
CHP+ (Child Health Plan Plus) Rate $90
Full Pay Rate $175


If you have a financial barrier, please apply for a scholarship for the Girls in STEM program. All scholarships will be determined on a rolling basis and offered based on financial need.

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STEM Mentors

A variety of female professionals will be interacting with all participating girls throughout the weekend. As the cast of STEM Mentors is solidified, we will update this page with names and biographies. Stay tuned.

Purpose and Focus of Girls in STEM

In today’s professional world there is a large gender gap in STEM focused careers. This gender gap is experienced not only in the workforce, but in the pursuit of post-secondary STEM degree programs. The research explains some of the disparities are due to lacking female self-esteem within STEM subjects, limited mentors working within STEM fields, and gender stereotypes within our society and educational system.

Building off of the success of past Keystone Science School’s Girls in STEM programs, this unique opportunity focuses on healthcare specific topics while inviting participants to stay overnight on Keystone Science School’s campus. The intent is to create another step in the Girls in STEM continuum of programs further strengthening mentor relationships and girls’ interest in STEM.


Program Goals

  • Inspire confidence and leadership in young females through STEM-related fields.
  • Incorporate the consensus-building process into interactive, engaging activities, while promoting a positive growth mindset.
  • Encourage collaboration between female students and professional mentors.
  • Apply learning and use the design thinking process to solve a problem.


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Girls in STEM Final Report

Read the impact of our Girls in STEM 2022 programs at KSS in our Girls in STEM Final Report.

Program Partners and Sponsors

Special thanks to our sponsors for this program!



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