Smile-worthy science: YOU ensure the fun never ends!
This fall, 250 girls joined their Virtual Science Clubs each week for 8 weeks and learned all about engineering—in the 'funnest' ways possible! They experimented with gum drop Eiffel Towers, 'patients' made of Jello, and built pyramids from colorful blocks and sugar cubes. In fact...girls had so much fun, they didn't want it to end!
"When is Science Club ending...is it ending soon? 'Cause I don't want it to end at all." - Science Club participant
You make this possible! You can ensure the fun of Science Club never ends, by making a donation today. Keep the science (and the smiles) going well into 2021...and beyond!
Science Club Fall 2020 by the numbers:
Over 250 girls in K-12
actively engaged (85% participation!)
in Virtual Fall Science Clubs
340 materials kits delivered for
8 weeks of hands-on experiments
75% of girls underrepresented in STEM
by race and economic factors
70+ women in STEM mentors
teaching weekly Science Clubs
More than 21,700 views of our Live Science Show #SCFGLive! reaching an even wider audience
Over 25 years of engaging girls in STEM
through experiential education and mentorship
Science-inspired smiles...more than we could count!
Empowering girls to embrace STEM through meaningful mentorship and free, hands-on experiences
Thank you for your support
I’m not sure I’d be where I am if I hadn’t had mentors and peers in Science Club who encouraged me to pursue what I wanted and helped me build the confidence to get there.
— Sophie, Junior Mentor
What We Know
An achievement gap exists between well-resourced and economically-stressed children from the moment they begin school.
Research on how children learn shows that learning that happens outside of the traditional classroom helps students see the relevance of academic subjects and leads to deeper interest, which in turn directly impacts achievement.
The achievement gap between black and Hispanic students and their white and Asian peers was evident in the 2017 Next Generation math MCAS scores
The number of white students whose scores exceeded the standards was four times higher than black or Hispanic students, and the number of black and Hispanic students who did not meet the standard was almost three times as high as white students.
Research shows that girls begin to associate boys with science and math as early as grade two, and middle school is often when stereotypes and harmful associations cause many girls to avoid STEM subjects.
Economic Policy Institute 2015.
National Research Council 2009, 2011.
Department of Education 2017 profiles http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/statereport/nextgenmcas.aspx
Cvencek, D., Meltzoff, A.N., and Greenwald, A.G., Child Dev. 2011 May-Jun;82(3):766-79.