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 250 volunteers that reach more than 1,400 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.
Marty Walz, Interim Executive Director, comes to SCFG with a deep commitment to children’s education and gender equity. Before starting her own consulting firm, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. An expert on women’s health policy, Marty is a member of the Board of Directors of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project and previously served on the NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Board of Directors.
Before joining Planned Parenthood, Marty represented the 8th Suffolk District as a Massachusetts State Representative for eight years. Among her legislative achievements, she was the author of the 2010 education reform law that propelled Massachusetts into first place in the Obama administration’s 2010 Race to the Top grant competition, the widely heralded anti-bullying law, and the path breaking law allowing the establishment of virtual schools. Marty serves on the Board of Directors of Mass Insight Education and has previously served on the Board of the National Center on Time and Learning.
Marty holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Kennedy Fellow and a Lucius N. Littaur Fellow. Marty also has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University, from which she graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Science Club for Girls receives financial support from various institutions and foundations, including the Amelia Peabody Foundation, Dell EMC, IBM, Janey Fund, Novartis, Pfizer, Microsoft, MIT, Biogen, and the 1434 Foundation. Please visit our sponsors page for a full list of SCFG’s institutional supporters. We also welcome individual donations.