Student looks through a microscope in Girls in STEM Biomedical program

Medical Explorers

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Girls in STEM Medical Explorers

TBD April 2025

For 4th-8th grade girls

Unlock the doors to a world of endless possibilities with Keystone Science School’s Girls in STEM: Medical Explorers, in partnership with the prestigious Steadman Philippon Research Institute! Calling all curious 4th to 8th grade female and non-binary students, this immersive program delves into the captivating realm of medical research careers.

Participants will embark on an exhilarating journey at the renowned Institute through hands-on lab activities that demonstrate how orthopedic injuries are studied. Engage with trailblazing women in medical research as they share their inspiring stories and navigate through male-dominated industries, empowering young minds to envision their own path in STEM. Fuel your child’s passion for discovery and watch their dreams take flight in the captivating world of medical science!

Lab mentors from SPRI teach our Girls in STEM students in the research lab.
A student uses an eyedropper intstrument in Girls in STEM

Rates & Amenities

This program is 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$60
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.


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 at KSS on Sunday at 12:00pm or Silverthorne Elementary and Dillon Valley Elementary at 1:00pm.

Packing List

Girls in STEM students jumping at sunset 

Program Schedule

Please note that this program schedule may change based on the availability of our STEM Mentors.
KSS will be providing meals from dinner on Friday night to lunch on Sunday afternoon.

The group listening to mentors speak in Girls in STEM Biomedical weekend program


Day 1
4:00pmCheck-in begins at KSS campus
4:00pmPick up at Dillon Valley Elementary & Silverthorne Elementary
5:00pmCheck-in ends, group bonding time begins
5:30pmFemale Empowerment Conversation
7:00pmBuild a Knee with Steadman Philippon Research Institute
8:00pmDorm Orientation
The group listens to a lab tech mentor


Day 2
9:15amDepart for SPRI
10:15amIntroduction to SPRI
10:30amLab Activity Rotations at SPRI
– Biomotion
– Robotics
– Surgery
– Regenerative & Personalized Medicine
1:00pmContinue Lab Activity Rotations
3:00pmMentor Connection Activity
– Women in Medical Research
4:00pmReturn to KSS
7:00pmMovie Night
8:30pmHead back to dorms
Students sit and look at the stars during a campfire in Girls in STEM Biomedical


Day 3
9:15amProject Work Time – Biomotion
11:00amFemale Empowerment Activity
11:45amFamilies arrive for Checkout
12:00pmProject Presentations for families
12:30pmFamily departures
1:00pmDrop-off at Silverthorne Elementary & Dillon Valley Elementary
Female mentors speak with students in Girls in STEM Biomedical

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.

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 our Development Director, Owen Dodd at or call (970)513-5833.

The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Phillippon Research Institute
Xcel Energy
US Bank
JP Innovation Project
Denver Water
Aurora Water
Oxy Occidental
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 more All-Girls programs at KSS!

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A girl looks up during an adventure rock climbing day at KSS summer camp.

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Girls in STEM Film Fest students present their film on stage at the Breck Film Fest

Girls in STEM Film Fest

Fall 2024