NEW: Tour Your Future Daytrip- Cleveland, Ohio

August 1, 2019

Girls, ages 11-17, along with a parent/chaperone are invited to attend our very first Tour Your Future Daytrip to Cleveland, Ohio! Participants will be transported from Carnegie Science Center to Cleveland, and have the opportunity to visit two STEM companies, participate in hands on activities, also enjoy a luncheon and tour of Cleveland State University. For the full itinerary and registration details, CLICK HERE!

NEW: STEM Girls Entrepreneur Camp

Carnegie Science Center's Fab Lab

Mon., July 1–Wed., July 3, 9 am–4 pm
Mon., Aug. 12–Wed., Aug. 14, 9 am–4 pm

In this three-day intensive camp, girls will learn what it means to be an entrepreneur while discovering the real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and math. See how a new idea is cultivated when you explore user-needs, create innovation designs, and learn how to market your start-up business. Utilize digital fabrication technologies in Carnegie Science Center's Fab Lab, including 3D printing, vinyl cutting, and laser cutting to prototype your design.



Fab Lab: Girls Teen Maker Camp

Carnegie Science Center's Fab Lab

Mon., Aug. 5–Tues., Aug. 6, 9 am–4 pm

In this intensive workshop, teen girls of all making levels will be immersed in the digital fabrication technologies of Fab Lab: 3D printing, laser cutting, and other CNC machinery. Fab Lab educators will work with teens to learn, explore, and create using those technologies. Interested teens could sign up for more than one Teen Making Camp to build on their previous knowledge and create more complex projects.


*STEM Spotlight*

Lauren MichaelsLauren Michaels, 14, is a freshman at Kiski Area High School. She is also a member of the Girls of Steel Robotics Team. This year she worked on the Awards sub-team, the Mechanical sub-team and pit crew. She also had the opportunity to represent the team as one of three students sharing the mission, goals and accomplishments of the team at regional competitions. In addition to robotics, Lauren enjoys reading, baking, and traveling. Her passion is theater.

Carnegie STEM Girls Interview with Lauren

When did you become interested in robotics? In July 2017, I participated in a FIRST Lego League EV3 Programming Camp sponsored by the Mars FIRST Robotics Association with the Girls of Steel. The camp allowed me to work with the Mars team and a mentor and students from the Girls of Steel. We used a basic robot kit and EV3 programming to perform fun challenges. I was hooked.

What made you interested in joining the Girls of Steel team? I was excited by the idea of working on an all girls team. I was impressed with the team’s mission: Empowering women and girls in the pursuit of STEM by exemplifying female success in robotics! It sounded like an exciting and worthwhile activity, so I wanted to get involved.

What do you love most about Girls of Steel? I love learning, working and having fun with girls who share an interest in STEM. These girls are not afraid to show that they are smart, excited to learn, and proud of our team.

Last year, as an 8th grader, I joined one of our FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams. I made some great friends, and we built a competitive robot. This year I moved up to the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team. The FRC team for 9th-12th graders includes 50 girls from 20 different Pittsburgh area schools, so I’ve gotten a chance to connect with girls with different backgrounds and experiences.

I knew that I would learn technical skills needed to build robots but I’ve learned and gained so much more. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in presentations about our team, mentor younger participants in FIRST robotics programs, and develop amazing friendships!

What do you like to do in your free time? I love to Lauren Michaels at a Girls of Steel Competition. travel, and I’m going to Taiwan this summer with my Chinese class. Reading is one of my favorite activities. History is one of my favorite subjects. I also love the theater. I have been involved with Gemini Children’s Theater since 3rd grade. And I’ve had the chance to perform and serve as a production intern at the Freeport Theatre Festival. I actually combined my love of theater and tech by helping to run the lights and sound at the Freeport Theatre Festival the past two summers.

Who are your role models?  I was lucky enough to meet Pratima Gluckman at a Girls of Steel event. She is the author of Nevertheless, She Persisted and an engineer at ­­­VMware. She shared that persistence, bravery, and mentors are the most important parts of a girl’s life, as she’s learned through researching successful women in STEM. She inspired me to share her advice with other girls interested in STEM.

Lauren Michaels' Science Fair Project, "Sink or Float". What do you aspire to be in the future? I’ve always been interested in STEM. I entered the Kiski Area School District Science Fair as a kindergartener. My poster entitled “Sink or Float” allowed me to explore science, design a poster, and present my results to parents, teachers and elementary school students.

At this point, I am exploring careers in STEM. The Carnegie Science Center Tour Your Future program has been a great way to learn about potential careers. I especially enjoyed learning about female anatomy, AIDS and contraception at the Magee Women’s Research Institute. At Robert Morris University, I learned how to do CPR using mannequins. At Carnegie Mellon University, I went to the Hinman Lab and learned about the genetics and reproduction of starfish and sea urchins.

Thanks to the Girls of Steel, I have the confidence to know that I will succeed in any career I choose.


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