Do you love science, technology, engineering, or math? Do you want to make a career out of that love, but don't know where to start? Maybe you're interested in investigating places for summer internships on your days off from school?
If you have questions about STEM careers, we have answers! Tour Your Future is a career exploration program that give girls in middle and high school an opportunity to meet female professionals who work in various organizations. The program shows girls that they can find a place in science by introducing them to diverse STEM careers, from avian zoologists and accountants to software engineers and surgeons!
Typical tours include a guided tour of the host site's facility, a question-and-answer style session with women professionals, and a fun hands-on activity related to the work that professionals do at the host site.
To register for tours, please call 412. 237. 1637.
Tours are open to girls ages 11-17 and are $5 per girl. Both individuals and groups are welcome.
Payment for individuals is due at time of registration. If you are registering an organization or school group, payment and attendee names are due NO LATER THAN 2 weeks prior to the event. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
If your daughter(s) is unable to attend any scheduled tour, please contact 412-237-1637 to cancel your reservation at least one week in advance. Space is limited, and we have a waiting list for tours. We want as many girls as possible to have this exciting opportunity.
All tours are on site at the specified locations. These are NOT at Carnegie Science Center. After registration is complete, you will receive an informational email approximately one week prior to the tour date with specific arrival and tour details.
Spring 2018 Tour Schedule
Monday, January 15, 2018
130 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, PA 15086
Electricity is something most people take for granted. Have you ever thought about what happens when you flip a switch, and the lights turn on? Do you know how your hair dryer gets power or how airplanes can take off and land? Visit Eaton’s unique Power Systems Experience Center to learn firsthand how everyday items you use work. Learn how power is distributed throughout your home and how devices such as circuit breakers and fuses can protect you. You’ll even get to wire your own circuit and meet some fabulous women engineers!
Capacity: 20 girls
Inventionland Institute- COMPLETED
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
585 Alpha Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Are you dreaming of a new and original invention? That dream can become a reality at Inventionland, one of the world’s largest makerspaces! Inventionland is a unique facility built to inspire and foster creativity! As you experience the invention process, you’ll visit the many different themed sets, including a life-size pirate ship, a giant robot, and a medieval castle, and you will learn the fascinating story behind each one! Meet and talk with female staffers who work here, and construct a hands-on MakerKit!
Capacity: 30 girls
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
7800 Susquehanna St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208
BoXZY invents and builds robots that 3D print, laser engrave, and CNC mill. When you visit the factory, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how the BoXZY Team assembles an entire robot from start to finish. You will talk with the women who create, test, and program BoXZY Robots. You’ll see some BoXZYs in-action. You’ll also learn how a bunch of metal parts can be transformed into a robot that can create anything. During this tour, you’ll use BoXZY’s laser to customize your own piece of jewelry to take home.
Capacity: 10 girls
UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex- CANCELLED
Friday, February 2, 2018
10 am–12:45 pm
8000 Cranberry Springs Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Come check out this elite, first-of-its-kind facility built for every sort of athlete. It features a sports-medicine clinic with 24 private patient rooms, a physical-therapy gym overlooking the Penguins practice rink, aquatic therapy, on-site MRI and X-ray imaging, two full-size hockey rinks, a sprinting track, and batting cages. Learn about careers in sports medicine and physical therapy, and for an extra $5, go ice skating!
Special Note: The informational tour will be scheduled for 10-11:45 am. If students wish to stay and skate, there will be a $5 additional charge. Please bring $5 with you on the day of the tour. Skating will be from 11:45 am-12:30 pm. Any participant not wanting to skate will be dismissed at 11:45 am.
Capacity: 45 girls
The Citizen Science Lab- COMPLETED
Saturday, February 17, 2018
1435 Bedford Ave., Suite 132A, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The Citizen Science Lab is Pittsburgh’s first and only community life sciences laboratory. The lab is fully equipped with the tools needed to facilitate fun, engaging, and safe experiments. The Citizen Science Lab is open to everyone to observe, experiment, and analyze through discovery-based learning and STEAM education. You will tour the lab facility where the individual lab workshops are held and meet their lab pets–Lucy the Snake and Romeo the Gecko! In addition, you will meet the female lab personnel and learn about their individual roles in the lab as educators, scientists, and businesswomen. You’ll conduct an interactive lab on “Senses!” to explore the five types of sensory processes: how you identify sounds, how your brain interprets images, how different tastes are mapped in different places of the tongue, how you detect different smells, and the sensitivity of your touch.
Special Note: Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that can withstand small messes.
Capacity: 16 girls
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6024 Broad St., 2nd Floor Rear, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Are you interested in starting your own company? Do you want to work for a startup company and have a huge impact? Come visit Innovation Works to learn how startups speak their own language when it comes to getting their ideas built and used by the public. The way entrepreneurs talk to customers and investors can determine their ultimate success. You can become fluent in “startup” by interacting with women who started tech companies and seeing their ideas come to life. These products are changing the way we live, play, and do business. During the tour, you will meet some local women and learn about their journey of using app design to launch their startup companies. Come see and test various prototypes, such as smart fabrics and environmental robots.
Capacity: 30 girls
Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh-COMPLETED
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
3700 O’Hara St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Visit the Swanson School of Engineering, where you will get a glimpse of the First-Year Engineering Program! You will learn about the different engineering courses offered, and you are encouraged to ask questions about specific types of engineering that interest you. This program has newly renovated, state-of-the-art buildings and labs. Meet some current engineering Ambassadors as they give you a tour of the facility, and assist you with a hands-on engineering activity.
Capacity: 30 girls
National Aviary- COMPLETED
Thursday, March 15, 2018
700 Arch St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
The National Aviary is the United States’ only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. During this tour, you will meet avian educators, conservationists, and researchers, and learn how to think like a veterinarian while exploring this exciting STEM career. Understand the differences between being a veterinarian and a veterinary technician, and learn about the wide variety of specialties and opportunities within veterinary medicine. This event also includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Aviary’s Avian Hospital. Meet some of the aviary’s long-term patients, and learn how about their care. You’ll hear how the vet and vet techs work to keep these creatures healthy, including fixing broken wings and doing surgery. Receive some hands-on experience when you participate in the Wetlands feeding!
Capacity: 50 girls
Aero Tech Designs Cyclewear- COMPLETED
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
2345 Preble Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Aero Tech Designs is a cyclewear company that manufactures apparel using the latest sublimation printing technology, robotic cutters, and industrial sewing equipment. Aero Tech Designs creates comfort on your bicycle so you can ride longer and feel stronger. Its cycling apparel products are made from premium materials that will last and add comfort to your bicycle rides. During this tour, you will see the sewing factory in action. The tour will include the full scope of receiving raw materials, adding value for production of apparel products, and the distribution from inventory in the warehouse. You will witness the process involved in making clothing for today’s e-commerce marketplaces and create a T-shirt using the sublimation process.
Capacity: 24 girls
Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon - COMPLETED
Friday, March 30, 2018
700 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Imagine working with some of the smartest, most creative people on the planet to produce entertaining and engaging interactive media. The ETC is an interdisciplinary research center with the mission of combining art and technology! It works to design and develop creative experiences for people in the community. You will have the unique opportunity to visit this high-tech center and see how an idea can evolve and come to life. You’ll meet Quasi, a robot built and programmed by previous CMU students and play a game on the Jam O Drum. Have fun experiencing and playing using the latest technology during this interactive tour!
Capacity: 20 girls
Carnegie Mellon University Information Networking Institute- COMPLETED
Friday, April 13, 2018
4616 Henry St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Are you a problem-solver? Do you love puzzles? Want to learn more about hacking? In today’s digital age, cybersecurity skills are in high demand. CMU’s Information Networking Institute (INI) and CyLab develop the next generation of cybersecurity experts who are making the world a safer place. Helping others is one of the most important ways you can make a difference in cybersecurity, especially by protecting people’s identities online and promoting Internet safety. On this tour, you will learn how to play Capture the Flag, a popular cybersecurity competition, and discover how you can become a “white-hat” hacker. Through an interactive demonstration, CMU students will explain industry buzzwords you might have heard in the news recently and show how you, too, can start practicing cybersecurity. You’ll also explore the INI’s newly renovated student space and participate in a Q&A with diverse women at Carnegie Mellon, including students, faculty, and alumni who are now successful security professionals. Discover your spark of genius with us!
Capacity: 15 girls
Allegheny Observatory- COMPLETED
Saturday, April 14, 2018
159 Riverview Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15214
Have you ever looked up in the night sky and wondered about our place in the universe? Are you curious about where stars come from, what black holes are, or what the Big Bang is all about? Tour the Allegheny Observatory with Dr. Sandhya Rao, an astronomer from the University of Pittsburgh, who will answer all your questions and more. Get up close with both historic and modern telescopes and learn how astronomers study the Universe.
Capacity: 25 girls
School of Nursing & Health Sciences,
Robert Morris University- COMPLETED
Saturday, April 21, 2018
6001 University Blvd., Moon Township, PA 15108
Tour the Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center, and experience how nurses and health-care clinicians are educated! The tour includes four high-fidelity simulation rooms, a home health suite, four control rooms, and three debriefing rooms. You will have a hands-on experience running the manikins, and you will learn basic CPR compressions and ventilations with bag-valve-masks. Be part of a fully immersive CPR scenario and debriefing procedure using our high-tech manikins and recording equipment. Participants can choose to be in the control room to see the technical side of running the manikins in simulation or taking care of a patient in trouble on the provider side.
Capacity: 12 girls
Pittsburgh Glass Center- COMPLETED
Saturday, April 28, 2018
5472 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206
The Pittsburgh Glass Center is a nonprofit, public-access school, gallery, and state-of-the-art glass studio dedicated to teaching, creating, and promoting glass art. This program will include a tour of the facilities, a glass-blowing demonstration, and a hands-on fusing activity. You will be able to design your own glass tile using different pieces of decorative glass. These tiles will be fused together in an electric kiln and will be available for pickup three days after the event.
Capacity: 30 girls
Thursday, May 3, 2018
700 Cherrington Parkway, Coraopolis, PA 15108
Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. This company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron develops the energy that improves lives and powers the world forward. Chevron Appalachia, LLC, headquartered in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, manages natural gas assets in the Appalachian region, which is home to some of North America’s largest and richest sources of natural gas from shale. Come and learn how The Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale found in Southwest Pennsylvania can be used for our benefit. On your visit, get some firsthand experience identifying and extracting gas in the Marcellus, while meeting the female professionals who work to power our world.
Capacity: 15 girls
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
9:30 am–1 pm
3300 Preble Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Have you ever wondered what happens to the water that goes down the drain when you take a shower or flush the toilet? Where does the excess rainwater and melted snow go? That place is ALCOSAN, the clean-water agency for most of Allegheny County. Come tour the 59-acre treatment plant that processes up to 250 million gallons of wastewater daily. Keeping the rivers clean is a challenge that we all must accept. During lunch, you will hear from a panel of female environmental stewards who work in a variety of departments at ALCOSAN. Come learn why the employees at ALCOSAN are 3 Rivers Proud, while you participate in an engaging hands-on challenge. You’ll work to build a stable structure that satisfies a set of requirements using a limited amount of materials, and you’ll use the engineering design process to overcome various challenges throughout the activity.
Capacity: 25 girls
Industrial Scientific- COMPLETED
Thursday, May 10, 2018
1 Life Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Industrial Scientific manufactures safety equipment that workers use to monitor the air that they are breathing. The devices detect hazardous gases in the air and go into alarm if gas is present in dangerous amounts. These gas detectors share information with one another wirelessly and send data to the cloud so that a safety manager can track air conditions from anywhere in the world. Industrial Scientific’s instruments are used in 70 countries in a wide range of industries from agriculture to oil and gas production. During your visit, you will tour the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, get hands-on experience with the monitors, and hear from many of the women who play a critical role in making sure that workers who use our devices go home safely every night.
Capacity: 15 girls
To register for tours, please call 412.237.1637.
For Professional Women in STEM Fields
If you are an awesome, snazzy, and smart woman working in STEM, we would love to meet you! You're just one click away from inspiring some of our next great scientists! Please take the time to fill out this form to host a Tour Your Future event at your place of work.
Questions? Please contact Tina Seidelson at SeidelsonT@CarnegieScienceCenter.org for more info.