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Girls in STEM - Film Festival

In partnership with Breckenridge Film Festival, participating girls will learn about careers within the film industry as they produce their own short films. This program is open to any female student currently enrolled in 4th-8th grade.All students will create their own film, and each girl will have support from a variety of females currently working in the film industry. In past years this has included cinematographers, directors, film editors, producers and more.

At the close of the program, girls will present their short films during a scheduled event included within the Breckenridge Film Festival schedule. All parents will receive free entry to the final presentation.


When: September 22-24
Who: Girls, Grades 4th to 8th
Where: Keystone Science School
Rate: $325
(includes lodging, meals, programming, and use of supplies and technology)
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.

Friday, September 16th
6pm Arrival & Program
6:45pm Film 101: Careers & Roles within Film
8pm Group Work: Design Thinking Process, Guiding Question, Storyboard creation
9pm Move into dorms and lights out
Saturday, September 17th
8am Breakfast
9am Depart for CMC and Intro to your teaching space
9:30am Film 202: Film Technique (editing, sound, cinematography)
10:45am Group Work
11:30am Lunch & Career Presentation
1:30pm Group Work
5pm Flex Time
5:30pm Career Presentation
6pm Dinner with a Film Professional
7pm Group Work
7:30pm Short Film Workshop
9:30pm Candle Chat
Sunday, September 18th
8am Breakfast
9am Depart for CMC
9:30am Group Work
11:30am Lunch & Career Presentation

Student Film Festival @ Breckenridge Theatre (121 S Ridge St)

Doors open at 1pm

2:30pm Depature/Pick Up

  • Scholarships

    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.

    Apply Here

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.

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.



Girls in STEM Final Report

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

Girls in STEM Final Report

Program Partners and Sponsors

Special thanks to Breckenridge Film Festival and Lenovo for being partners for this program!


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