Science Club for Girls (SCFG) is a non-profit organization that brings women scientists and girls together in free after-school and Saturday science clubs that focus on technical skills and inquiry learning. The clubs give young girls an opportunity to get involved in science, technology and engineering explorations in a fun, nurturing, interactive environment, an opportunity they might not otherwise receive.
Science Club for Girls operates various programs in with more than 200 volunteers that reach more than 1,000 youth annually, with about 75% of the girls coming from groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields. Our science clubs and challenge teams are housed in public schools, college campuses, community centers, as well as companies across eastern Massachusetts. Teen programs offer opportunities for research and career exploration, and to develop leadership and life skills.
In the past eight years, 92% of high school juniors and seniors who have participated in Science Club for Girls have gone on to college, with 55% of them majoring in science, engineering, or allied health. By comparison, only 22.5% of MA high school seniors who take the SAT intend to study STEM in college. Forty-seven percent (47%) of alumnae said SCFG was their primary introduction to STEM careers. Forty percent (40%) said SCFG was a very strong influence in their decision to take more challenging science or math courses in high school. See a graphic of our impact here.
Ms. Lonsdale Koester brings to SCFG a deep and varied background in organizational development, strategic planning, financial management and fundraising. She most recently served for four years as Chief Financial Officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs. Prior to that, Ms. Koester held several roles in Governor Deval Patrick’s administration, as well as the United Way of America and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s oldest and largest children’s literacy nonprofit. Ms. Koester holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from the University of the South (Sewanee). She is a member of the board of directors of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and co-chair of the annual stewardship campaign of Boston’s landmark Trinity Church on Copley Square.
Science Club for Girls receives financial support from various institutions and foundations, including the Amelia Peabody Foundation, Anne B. Stearns Charitable Foundation, EMC, IBM, Janey Fund, Novartis, Pfizer, Microsoft, MIT, General Mills, and the Wellington Management Foundation. Please visit our sponsors page for a full list of SCFG’s institutional supporters. We also welcome individual donations.