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., 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*

Aurea HickenbothAurea Hickenboth, 11, is a 6th grade homeschooler and student at the St. John Paul II Homeschool Co-op. She is a competitive gymnast and member of the Xcel Gymanstics Xquisite Gold Team, which she considers lessons in physics. She has two brothers, and is an avid animal lover, especially of her cats, her bearded dragon, her honey bees, and birds and dolphins. She recently built a catio (cat patio) in her backyard to reconcile her love of both her cats and the birds. This year she competed for the first time in the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair in the Junior Biology Division with her project on honey bees and varroa mites. In addition, she loves soccer, crafting, all activities in nature, and her favorite subjects are math and science.  

Carnegie STEM Girls Interview with Aurea

When did you become interested in studying honey bees and their habitats?About a year ago, my family set up our first honey bee hive on our property. I learned that they were endangered, and I wanted to learn to care for our hive. I love caring for our bees and wanted to figure out ways I could help the species.

What made you interested in participating in the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair? My older brother has participated in PRSEF for 2 years and was entering again this year. The homeschool co-op I attend, St. John Paul II, also has students who enter the fair. I thought it would be fun to present my project in front of judges and share my idea.

What did you investigate for your science fair project? The varroa mite is said to be the leading cause of loss of honey bees. There are treatments out there but getting the bees to eat their medicine is tricky because bees will always choose natural food over supplied food. I tested putting various Aurea Hickenboth working as a bee keeper. essential oils in supplied food to see if it increased their willingness to eat it. I actually had results that showed an essential oil that they preferred over other standard honey bee recipes for food.

Was there a particular person or event that influences your love of honey bees? My dad is an avid outdoorsman and always has cool projects going around our home property. He makes cider, maple syrup, gardens, composts, and much more, and now raises honey bees. He taught me how to be safe around the bees and take care of them.

What do you like to do in your free time? At home, I like to spend time with my pets, 2 cats and a bearded dragon, and help my family with our property. I also love to craft and create, especially by raiding the recycle bin and creating projects with those materials. I love all sports and gymnastics is my favorite. I compete as a member of the Xcel Gymnastics Xquisite Gold Team. I enjoy birding and have participated in a Big Year birding competition and visited Powder Mill bird banding lab several times. I also was on an FLL Robotics team when I was younger, got my second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and now attend many of the Tour Your Future Fields Trips through the Science Center.

Who are your role models? My dad is big role model because he teaches me all the cool things about nature and camping, and is a chemist, so he really loves science and sparks my love for all those things. My mom is also my role model because she has homeschooled me my whole life and allowed me to follow all my passions and learn to be successful at them. She is really cool because she takes me birding, got her black belt with me, teaches science & Zumba at our co-op, and teaches gymnastics at my gym. Finally, my robotics coach was a big influence on me. She is an engineer and taught me so much about science and robotics and presenting to a judge.

What do you aspire to be in the future? I want to be either an ornithologist, an apiarist, or work with dolphins when I grow up.

What advice would you give to other females that are interested in STEM? I love the Tour Your Future field trips, so I would definitely recommend those. And there are so many treasures outside to learn about, I would say to learn as much about nature as possible. Finally, I think I learned the most about the scientific method and presentation skills by doing a PRSEF science project and participating in FLL, so I would recommend more girls to try those. And to be nice to bees! They are gentle and not scary.

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