2024 Summer Camp Registration Opens January 10th, 2024
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Girls in STEM Medical Explorers
April 19-21, 2024
Keystone Science School’s Girls in STEM: Medical Explorers 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.
Please note that this program schedule may change based on the availability of our STEM Mentors.
Drop-off at KSS campus
Drop-off at Dillon Valley Elementary & Silverthorne Elementary
Check-in, move into dorms, meet instructor & dinner
Program Kick Off – Overview & Expectations
Individual Group Time
Presentation from SPRI: the scientific method
Female Empowerment Activity
Tour of SPRI
Career Panel – Women in Bioengineering
Feet off the floor time back at KSS campus
Design thinking process and project overview
Begin work on bioengineering project
Back to dorms, candle chat
Work on bioengineering projects and presentations
Pick up / Checkout from campus
Pick up / Checkout from Silverthorne Elementary & Dillon Valley Elementary
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.
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.
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.