February vacation was “College Exploration Week” this year at Science Club for Girls! For the break, we organized campus tours and activities to help our high school-aged teens get a wider exposure to what their options are and what they can expect from college life, academics, and more. Proving that it’s never too early to think about which college is the right fit, some of our middle school students participated, as well!
Since we have such a diverse group of girls, we attended tours and activities at a diverse group of colleges, from Boston University—a large, urban, private research institution—to Framingham State University—a small, public liberal arts college outside of the city.
At BU, we worked with the co-ed fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional chemistry fraternity, to explore the variety of STEM majors available to undergraduates through different science demos. We saw the new research science center at UMass Boston in Dorchester, and heard more about what a commuter campus is like for students. Our tour at Northeastern was conducted by women from the university’s very own chapter of SCFG: our first established college site ever! There the students got learn about the cooperative education experience that NEU features, and all of the research happening on campus.
A true highlight of the week was our trip out of the city to Framingham State University. We started the day at the Christa McAuliffe Center at FSU to participate in the “Voyage to Mars”: a 2-hour mission simulating sending a crew of astronauts from Earth to Mars. Our teens were able to learn all about the planet, what it’s like to be in mission control, and how all of the different STEM fields come together to make a mission to Mars possible.
After the mission, we entered FSU’s own planetarium to see a show, “Oasis in Space”, made specifically for Science Club!
Following our hands-on fun, the girls participated in a private tour and information session to learn about the opportunities at FSU.
Overall, we had a fantastic week exploring the many different higher education institutions that Boston has to offer. The students were able to ask questions, make connections, and really get a sense of what college life is all about, in STEM and non-STEM fields alike!
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