Girls in STEM

_4th-8th grades______

Girls in STEM

For girls in 4th-8th grades

We believe in empowering girls by engaging them in hands-on, real-world activities to show STEM is relevant and fun in an ever-changing world. Female STEM professionals support each program and student by giving them guidance to navigate a male-dominated workforce.

2024 Programs


Snow Science

February 9-11, 2024

Medical
Explorers

April 19-21, 2024

Film
Festival

Sept. 20-22, 2024

Water in
the West

TBD – Fall 2024

A student uses an eyedropper intstrument in Girls in STEM

Why we need 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.

According to the National Education Association, “Girls who learn in all-girl environments are believed to be more comfortable responding to questions and sharing their opinions in class and more likely to explore more ‘nontraditional’ subjects such as math, science, and technology.”

Program Goals


  • Encourage and model female empowerment through all female & non-binary enrollment
  • Expose participants to careers in STEM and female professionals in those roles
  • Promote teamwork and collaboration through the creation of a culminating project
Girls in STEM Snow and Avalanche students studying a snow pit with a ski patroller
The Girls in STEM Snow & Avalanche student group poses for a photo at Arapahoe Basin

Rates & Amenities

These programs are subsidized on a sliding fee scale for local families – see the chart below. This price includes lodging in our dorms, all meals, programming and use of supplies and technology.

Free & Reduced Lunch rate$65
CHP+ (Child Health Plan Plus) rate$190
Fully Pay rate$350

Scholarships & Financial Assistance

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.

Transportation

We offer free transportation to local students at Dillon Valley Elementary and Silverthorne Elementary!

  • KSS pickup students from school on Friday afternoon from Silverthorne Elementary and Dillon Valley Elementary at 4:00pm.
  • Parent Pickup on Sunday at KSS at 12:00pm and Silverthorne Elementary & Dillon Valley Elementary at 1:00pm.

Packing List

Female students edit video on a laptop during Film Fest
A group of our Girls in STEM Film Fest students walk down the red carpet at the Breck Film Fest

2023 Impact Report


Read the impact of our Girls in STEM 2023 programs at KSS in our Girls in STEM Final Report.

Thank you to our Program Donors


We are so thankful for all the corporate, foundational, and individual supporters of our Girls in STEM program. If you are interested in supporting this program please contact Development & Events Manager, Mike Pasquarella. MPasquarella@keystonescienceschool.org or (970)368-4082.

Xcel Energy
US Bank
JP Innovation Project
The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Phillippon Research Institute
Denver Water
Oxy Occidental
Aurora Water
Breck Film

In the words of parents:

“No phones. Dedicated time to focus on self. Reminders about gratitude. Getting in touch with nature. The counselors are strong, sweet, great role models.”

“My kid looks forward to this every year! It is so important for her to get out of her usual routine and meet new people and get a chance to be on her own.”

“We love KSS. The growth our kids have each summer is priceless. Thank you for all the hard work, planning and everything that goes into what you do!”

Check out these other all-girls programs!


Adventures is the next step in progression at KSS, and we have girls-only trips coming up next summer!

Adventures Backpacking trip

All Girls Backpacking

July 5-8 | Grades 5th-8th

Hiking in the Sand Dunes

All Girls Climbing

June 19-24 | Grades 6th-8th