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Snow & Avalanche Science
_Girls in STEM______
Girls in STEM: Snow & Avalanche Science
February 9-11, 2024
Keystone Science School’s Girls in STEM: Snow and Avalanche Science focuses on addressing challenges experienced by women interested in pursuing STEM-specific education and careers. Participants will learn about snow science and avalanche mitigation in alpine environments while directly taking scientific measurements with experts in the field.
Over the 3-day program, participants will learn how to measure snowpack stability, snow water equivalent and 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.
Debrief: candle chat – What does it mean to be a woman working in a STEM field?
Intro to your teaching space
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
Debrief: Candle Chat – What did you learn about working in a STEM field?
Work on avalanche board using the Design Thinking Process
Parent presentation & KSS pickup
Parent pick-up at Dillon Valley Elementary or Silverthorne 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 snow & avalanche 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.