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The STAR Center
This participant at The STAR Center, experienced what it feels like when people develop arthritis in their hands.

Our Mission: Tour Your Future provides opportunities for middle and high school girls to discover STEM careers by offering immersive, hands-on experiences and site tours, while engaging with female STEM professionals.

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!

Student operating a surgical robot at Allegheny General Hospital
This participant was given the opportunity to operate a surgical robot at Allgheny General Hospital.

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. 

Register online or call 412.237.3400 to book your spot today! 

If a tour you are interested in is filled, please call 412.237.3400 to be added to the waitlist. You will be notified if spaces become available.

Tours are open to girls ages 11-17 and are $10 per girl. Both individuals and groups are welcome.

If registering online, please include each child's age under "Additional Information" when registering. 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 412-237-3400 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 2020 Tour Schedule


Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 9:00AM-12:00PM- COMPLETEDRobert Morris University Logo

Robert Morris University- Game Design

6001 University Boulevard, Moon Township, PA 15108

Gamer Girls Unite! Take your hobby to the next level where Dr. Rika Carlsen will take you on a tour of the Robert Morris University Engineering Lab. Discuss the opportunities that exist for women in STEM while you meet with RMU students and faculty that will guide you through a hands-on experience in augmented and virtual reality. Learn how to code simple VR game applications utilizing a Nintendo Switch development environment.

Special notes: Lunch will be provided on this tour.

Capacity: 15 girls max

Website: https://www.rmu.edu/academics/schools/sems


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Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 10:00AM-1:00PM- COMPLETEDThermo Fisher Logo

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.

300 Industry Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science. Their mission is to enable their customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. helps their customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. They offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support. During the tour, come see how scientists tap into biological, chemical, and physical science areas. You will participate in an activity and learn how to handle and dispense liquid using a micropipette. You will also have the opportunity to load DNA samples into an electrophoresis gel and view the DNA. While the gel is running, you will work through real life examples of how DNA profiling is used in applications.

Capacity: 15 girls max

Website: http://corporate.thermofisher.com/en/home.html


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Monday, February 17, 2020, 1:00PM-3:00PM - COMPLETEDDigital Dream Labs Logo

Digital Dream Labs

100 S. Commons, Suite 102 (Alloy 26), Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Do you like to play games? Did you know that there are people that study games and how they are made? Come visit Digital Dream Labs and meet the individuals that play and create games for a living! Learn about how research combines with skills and experience to create a game design career.

Capacity: 7 girls max

Website: www.digitaldreamlabs.com


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Thursday, February 27, 2020, 10:00AM-Noon - COMPLETEDInventionland Logo

Inventionland

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 women staffers who work in this unique facility, and participant in a hands-on STEM activity!

Capacity: 30 girls max

Website: www.inventionland.com


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Friday, March 6, 2020, 1:00PM-3:00PM- COMPLETEDUS Steel Logo

United States Steel Corporation Research and Technology Center

800 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall, PA 15120

Come visit United States Steel Research & Technology Center where you will tour the research facility with sophisticated steelmaking processes and cutting-edge products that reflects more than a century of research and innovation! At U.S. Steel’s world-class Research & Technology Center, located in Munhall, Pa., academic scientists, leading experts from across the steel industry, and their customers come together to apply advanced technology to premier product development. Participate in an innovation competition with other tour attendees. Identify a real-life problem and help to prototype solutions.

Capacity: 10 girls max

Website: https://www.ussteel.com/


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Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 1:00PM-3:00PM- COMPLETEDBraskem Logo

Braskem

550 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Braskem is a global producer of thermoplastic resins and basic petrochemicals. In the US, Braskem is the largest producer of polypropylene plastic. Learn how Braskem’s Innovation and Technology team in Pittsburgh work toward creating new sustainable solutions within the plastics industry. You’ll interact with scientists and engineers in their day-to-day research environment. You will learn the chemistry, manufacturing, and application of plastics and create a polymer of your own!

Capacity: 20 girls max

Website: http://www.braskem.com.br/usa/profile


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Thursday, March 12, 2020, 10:00AM-Noon- COMPLETEDPennDOT Logo

PennDOT

45 Thoms Run Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017

PennDOT oversees programs and policies affecting highways, urban and rural public transportation, airports, railroads, ports, and waterways. PennDOT is directly responsible for nearly 40,000 miles of highway and roughly 25,400 bridges, a system first established in 1911.
The District 11-0 office is home to nearly 350 employees, ranging from Civil Engineers and Construction Inspectors to Surveyors and Traffic Center Operators. Visit PennDOT and have the opportunity to meet female professionals in these roles. You’ll also see highway and bridge design processes and tools, participate in construction activities, and go behind the scenes of the high-tech traffic management center for the whole Pittsburgh region.

Capacity: 15 girls max

Website: www.penndot.gov


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Thursday, March 19, 2020, Noon-2:00PM - CANCELLEDPIA Logo

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

5 Allegheny County Airport, West Mifflin, PA 15122

Ranked the #1 Two-Year Trade School by Forbes Magazine in 2018, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics offers a hands-on educational opportunity in the fields of aviation maintenance and aviation electronics. Their fleet of 11 aircraft and dozens of engines becomes your classroom, where you learn how to repair, maintain, and overhaul a plane from the ground up. Learn more about what an aviation technician does on a day-to-day basis and explore an in-demand career you can be proud of!

Capacity: 15 girls max

Website: www.pia.edu


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Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10:00AM – Noon - CANCELLEDCMU Logo

Carnegie Mellon University – Hinman Lab

Mellon Institute, 4400 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Take a look at life in the ocean – on a microscopic level. Visit the Hinman Lab to make cultures of marine invertebrate larvae. Investigate tissue regeneration with these amazing creatures and see the diversity of species that exists in our oceans. Dr. Veronica Hinman will show you the amazing variety of life in a drop of sea water.

Capacity: 12 girls max

Website: https://www.bio.cmu.edu/laboratories/hinman/


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Monday, March 30, 2020, 10:00AM- Noon- CANCELLEDForensic Science and Law Logo

Duquesne University - Forensic Science and Law Program

600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Do you like crime shows like CSI and Law and Order? Come visit Duquesne University’s Forensic Science and Law Program to learn the truth about CSI and forensic science. You’ll see how forensic science plays an important role in the criminal justice system. You will visit the Forensic Chemistry and DNA laboratories to learn about equipment and techniques used to analyze evidence. During a Q&A session with faculty and current students, you will discover what it takes to become a forensic scientist. Additionally, you will dig into some hands-on activities, like fingerprint development and comparison, so you know what it feels like to be a forensic scientist.

Capacity: 20 girls max

Website: www.duq.edu/forensicscience


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Friday, April 3, 2020, 10:00AM- Noon- CANCELLED Allegheny Observatory Logo

Allegheny Observatory

159 Riverview Avenue, 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 max

Website: http://www.pitt.edu/~aobsvtry/


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Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 10:00AM-Noon - CANCELLEDPittsburgh Botanic Garden Logo

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA 15071

Learn about Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s transformation from a coal mine into a beautiful botanic garden!  Visit different habitats with the Garden staff, and use simple tools to collect data on the plants and animals that now call the site home. Learn about green careers in science, education and horticulture.  Dress to be outdoors, get your hands dirty and have fun!

Capacity: 20 girls max

Website: http://pittsburghbotanicgarden.org


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Friday, April 17, 2020, 9:30AM-11:30AM - CANCELLED AquaTech Logo

Aquatech

1 Four Coins Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317

Aquatech is a global leader in water purification technology. They treat used water from refineries, power plants, gold mines, and municipalities in order to reuse and recycle water. Aquatech is one of few companies in the world with both thermal and membrane desalination capabilities. Their company designs and builds the equipment right in Canonsburg, PA! Visit their water treatment plant to see the engineering offices, assembly shop, and partake in a virtual tour of various plants they have supplied equipment to all around the world. Come learn how to make a water filter to remove impurities that can make you sick and may save your life.

Capacity: 12 girls max

Website: https://www.aquatech.com


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Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10:00AM-Noon - CANCELLEDPittsburgh Glass Center Logo

Pittsburgh Glass Center

5472 Penn Avenue, 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 activity where students will try their hand at making their own glass art by creating a beautiful fused glass sun-catcher. Sun catchers should be ready for pick up on April 23rd unless otherwise notified.

Capacity: 30 girls max

Website: www.pittsburghglasscenter.org


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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.

Tour Your Future No-Call No-Show Policy

Participants must cancel their spot at least one week in advance if they are unable to attend.  If any participant is a no-call no-show two times during a semester, that participant will be unable to register for future tours.

Questions?  Please contact Tina Seidelson at SeidelsonT@CarnegieScienceCenter.org for more info