Month in Review: September '23
Updated: Oct 31
Science Clubs for Girls strives to not only have a significant impact on the young students and families that we work with, but also on the communities that we are present in. Read below to see where SCFG has contributed recently:
Life Science Cares - Mini Golf
Science Club for Girls once again participated in Life Science Cares’ Mini Golf for Good! With our own SCFG-inspired hole on the golf course, area companies competed while learning about how to raise money in support of local nonprofit organizations like ours.
Fun fact: With coaching from Kelley Borer-Miller, Director of Development, and Natasha Baptiste, Volunteer Manager, there were 11 Holes in One!!!
“Only 4%” Launch Party
The "Only 4%" Launch Party was held at the MIT welcome center on September 27. This campaign draws attention to a startling fact: Only 4% of Scientists and Engineers in the US are Black and Latina women. The impacts of this disparity are far-reaching. SCFG aims to shine a spotlight on the dire need to diversify the entire STEM ecosystem and invest in girls' STEM education and mentorship, starting at a young age.
More than 150 guests gathered to celebrate the launch and meet the campaign ambassadors who have offered their stories, perspectives, hopes, and dreams to support this movement. Guests viewed inspiring campaign videos and had the opportunity to network and connect with fellow stakeholders in STEM and discuss what the current lack of diversity in STEM means to them.
Thank you so much everyone who came out to support this campaign and the work of Science Club for Girls! We are grateful to have hosted this launch party in collaboration with the Cambridge Science Festival and IF/THEN®, an Initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies.
Read more about the campaign and launch party on our blog and check out all the photos in our Facebook album.
Cambridge Science Festival
Science Club for Girls took part in MIT Museum’s Cambridge Science Festival this year with participation in several of the over 200 events hosted during the week. The week culminated in the Carnival, during which over 20,000 visitors participated in a range of activities and experiments. At the SCFG table, kids built towers out of straws and tested their designs for weight-bearing capacity. We were joined at the festival by our "Only 4%" campaign Ambassadors, Board Members, Mentors, and Staff!
Boston Business Journal - “Women Who Lead in Life Sciences”
This month, our Executive Director Bonnie Bertolaet, Ph.D, participated in the Boston Business Journal’s "Women Who Lead in Life Sciences" panel discussion.
Panelists had an engaging discussion on the paths for women in STEM leadership, including topics such as career retention, the importance of mentorship, and diversity, equity and inclusion. Bonnie expresses her gratitude for being present to “share Science Club for Girls’ perspective on the pressing need to increase the STEM workforce and the importance of bringing in diverse perspectives to identify the most robust solutions to our daily STEM-based challenges in life sciences, biotech, pharma, and the STEM ecosystem at large.”
Bio in Bloom
During last month's Cambridge Science Festival, Science Club for Girls was also included in BioMed Realty's "Bio in Bloom" installation!
Bio in Bloom showcased 12 local nonprofits and their missions in the form of impressive floral displays. Our installation, Garden of Growth: Transforming the Face of STEM, included an array of beautiful flowers and display boxes showing the growth from seed to seedling to blossoming flower.
Thank you Janitronics for sponsoring our display and Kendall Flower Shop for the design and arrangement.
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