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Girls in STEM - Snow Science

Keystone Science School’s Girls in STEM: Snow Science focuses on addressing challenges experienced by women interested in pursuing STEM-specific education and careers. Specifically, participants will learn about snow science and avalanche mitigation in alpine environments while directly taking scientific measurements with experts in the field.

Over the three-day program, participants will learn how to measure snowpack stability, snow water equivalent, as well as how to use avalanche beacons. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to cross country ski and meet avalanche dogs. As participants gain hands-on experience with using the Design Thinking Process, they will have the opportunity to hear from women working in ski patrol and avalanche safety and learn about the barriers they have faced as women and how they have overcome those challenges.


When: 2/10-2/12, 2023
Who: Girls, Grades 4th to 8th
Where: Keystone Science School
Rate: $325
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
  • 6:00pm Check-in (dinner at Keystone Science School)
  • 7:00pm Program orientation with KSS Instructors
  • 7:30pm STEM mentors present on careers in Ski Patrol and Avalanche Control (avalanche models, snowpack stability, and airbag deployment)
  • 8:30pm Female Empowerment Activities (Confidence Building)
  • 9:00pm Debrief: candle chat  - What does it mean to be a woman working in a STEM field?
Day 2: Saturday
  • 8:00am Day overview (breakfast @ Keystone Science School)
  • 9:00am Head to Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (with ski patrollers) -Dig snow pit, measure snow depth, aspect, temperature, hardness and examine snow grains -Learn how to use avalanche beacons - Meet the ski patrol avalanche dogs
  • 1:00pm Head back to KSS Campus for an afternoon of cross country skiing
  • 5:30pm Begin Design Thinking Process
  • 7:00pm Design Thinking Process - Avalanche Boards
  • 8:00pm Female Empowerment Activities (Leadership Development)
  • 9:00pm Debrief: candle chat - What did you learn about working in a STEM field from the panel?
Day 3: Sunday
  • 8:00am Day overview
  • 9:00am Work on avalanche board using the Design Thinking Process
  • 12:00pm Parent presentation
  • 12:30pm Departure

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 snow science 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 healthcare related problem.


Program Partners and Sponsors

Special thanks to our sponsors for this program!



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