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

A girl in a lab coat uses a pipette to extract sea star DNA.
This participant isolated sea star DNA during a tour of Hinman Lab at Carnegie Mellon University.

 

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 gives girls and non-binary youth in middle and high school an opportunity to meet female professionals who work in various organizations. The program shows students 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 Allegheny General Hospital. (Picture taken prior to COVID-19 pandemic.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I go on a tour? Tours are open to girls and non-binary youth ages 11-17 and are $10 per student. Both individuals and groups are welcome.

What will I do on a tour? Typical tours include a guided tour of the host site's facility, a Q&A session with women professionals, and a fun, hands-on activity related to the work done at the host site.

How do I sign up? Register online below or call (412) 237-3400 to book your spot.

What if the tour is filled? If the tour you’re interested in is filled, please call (412) 237-3400 to be added to the waitlist. You will be notified if spaces become available.

Where do I go for the tour? All tours are on site at the specified locations, or on a virtual meeting platform. 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.

 

 

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 child/student 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 participants as possible to have this exciting opportunity.

 

Tour Your Future is a program of Carnegie STEM Girls

Presented by:

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Sponsored by:

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Spring 2021 Tour Schedule

Check back in August for the Fall 2021 Tour Schedule!

 


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Logo
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens - COMPLETED
Virtual Event
Friday, March 12, 2021, 10 am–noon

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to grow your own tropical forest? Are you interested in the worlds’ most cutting-edge green energy technology? There is only place in Pittsburgh that combines these unique facets into one exciting workplace, and that is Phipps Conservatory. Take a virtual visit and learn what it’s like to work in one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world. Virtually explore their gardens while learning how you can combine an appreciation of nature and beauty with the academics of science. Speak with science education staff and horticulturalists and see a demo of carnivorous plants!

Capacity: 25 girls max
Website: https://phipps.conservatory.org/ opens in a new window

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Logo
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. - CANCELED
Virtual Event
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 10 am–noon

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. With an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience, and comprehensive support, they help their customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics, and increase laboratory productivity. During the virtual tour, witness how scientists tap into biological, chemical, and physical science areas, then get hands-on with a paper chromatography activity!

Capacity: 15 girls max
Website: http://corporate.thermofisher.com/en/home.html opens in a new window


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Braskem Innovation and Technology Center - COMPLETED
Virtual Event
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 1 pm– 3 pm

Please join us for the Tour Your Future Event, where you will learn what it’s like to be a female scientist, engineer and/or leader at Braskem – a global producer of thermoplastic resins (polymers/plastics) and basic petrochemicals with 40 plants worldwide and around 8,000 team members. In the US, Braskem is the largest producer of polypropylene plastic. Learn how Braskem’s team members work together to create new, sustainable solutions within the plastics industry. You will have the opportunity to ask questions to our female panel of experts, virtually tour our processing and analytical labs, learn about the chemistry, manufacturing and application of plastics, and play an interactive sustainability game!

 

Capacity: 20 girls max
Website: http://www.braskem.com.br/usa opens in a new window

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Sherwin-Williams Global Technical Center - COMPLETED
Virtual Event
Friday, April 16, 2021, 9:30 am–11:30 am

Ever wonder about the science involved in getting food from where it is made to the store shelves? Are you interested in seeing products that are used in every house and grocery store being developed in the lab? See how chemists formulate and test the coatings that go on everything from cans of SPAM to Coke cans! Meet the chemists at the #1 packaging coatings company in the world who work on the critical coatings in this billion-dollar industry!

Capacity: 15 girls max
Website:
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Covestro LLC - CANCELED
Virtual Event
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 10 am–noon

Covestro is a leading supplier of premium polymers. Their materials and applications solutions are found in nearly every area of modern life. Innovation and sustainability are the driving forces behind the continuous development of their products, processes, and facilities. You will have the opportunity to tour one of Covestro’s global innovation hubs and learn about raw materials for a diverse range of manufacturing industries, including automotive, construction, and electronics. After a career talk with influential women scientists and engineers, learn how to create your very own polymer. Polymer supply kits for the hands-on activity will be available to pick up at Carnegie Science Center before the event.

Capacity: 15 girls max
Website: http://www.covestro.us/ opens in a new window


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Carnegie Mellon University – Hinman Lab - COMPLETED
Mellon Institute, 4400 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Saturday, May 1, 2021, 10 am–noon

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/ opens in a new window

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Frick Environmental Center - COMPLETED
2005 Beechwood Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Saturday, May 8, 2021, 9 am–noon

The Frick Environmental Center is a welcome facility, education hub, and gateway to Frick Park. Free and open to all, this cutting-edge facility enhances visitor experience and inspires learners to discover one of Pittsburgh’s largest parks. The Frick Environmental Center provides educational experiences for families, students, and learners of all ages and serves as the classroom base for programming that extends into the surrounding park woodlands, streams, meadows, and trails. The tour will focus on the seven petals of the Living Building Challenge and the technologies and design choices that allowed the environmental center building to achieve living building status, including being net-zero energy and net-zero water.

Special Notes: If weather permits, this tour will include a nature hike. Please dress appropriately.
Capacity: 15 girls max
Website: http://www.pittsburghparks.org/frick-environmental-center opens in a new window

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Pennsylvania American Water - CANCELED
Virtual Event
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 10 am–noon

Come tour Pennsylvania American Water’s Hays Mine water treatment facility, where you will get an in-depth look at the water treatment process. Visit the water quality laboratory and get a hands-on lesson in how water is tested and monitored. Also, explore the engineering challenges that come with delivering water to their customers’ homes.

Capacity: 10 girls max
Website: https://amwater.com/paaw/ opens in a new window

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Eaton - COMPLETED
Virtual Event
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 10 am–noon

Electricity is one thing that 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 hairdryer gets power or how airplanes can take off and land? Take a virtual tour of Eaton’s unique Power Systems Experience Center and get an experience like no other! See firsthand how everyday items you use work. Learn how power is distributed throughout your home and how devices like circuit breakers and fuses can protect you.

Capacity: 40 girls max
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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 opens in a new window 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 Shannon Gaussa at GaussaS@carnegiesciencecenter.org for more info.