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.
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.
Fall 2020 Tour Schedule
*Due to changing COVID-19 safety measures at each facility, please note that tours may be canceled, changed to a virtual format, or reduced in capacity.
Saturday, September 19, 2020, 10:00AM-NOON
Pittsburgh Glass Center
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 prerecorded tour of the facilities, a glass blowing demonstration, and a Q&A session with their on-site glass blowers. Opportunities to pick-up an at-home fusing kit will be made available.
Capacity: 40 girls max
Thursday, October 8, 2020, Time 1:00-3:00 PM
Swanson School of Engineering
Come get a glimpse into Swanson School of Engineering's 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.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 10:00AM-NOON
Allegheny County Health Department
542 Fourth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play. Come visit the Allegheny County Health Department where you will meet women who work in nursing, epidemiology, IT, Air Quality Engineering, and microbiology. These ladies will host a panel discussion to answer all of your burning questions surrounding public health and the current pandemic we are facing. You will also participate in a microscope visualization activity that involves observing organic and inorganic specimens.
Capacity: 25 girls max
Thursday, October 29, 2020, Noon-2:00PM.
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: 10 girls max
Friday, October 30, 2020, 9:30AM-11:30AM
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
Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 11:00AM-1:00PM
1600 W. Carson Street, Suite 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Hatch is an organization committed to the pursuit of a better world through positive change. Their global network of 9,000 professionals work on the world’s toughest challenges and strive to develop better ideas that are smarter, more efficient, and innovative. While on site, girls will get a glimpse into the life of engineers and designers working on multidiscipline projects. A presentation will showcase a 3D model of an industrial facility and an introduction on how distinct types of engineers (civil, mechanical, chemical, materials science, and electrical) come together to create a solution. A hands-on activity will take household items and transform them using scaled-down versions of the industrial processes key to Hatch’s business.
Special notes: Lunch will be provided.
Capacity: 15 girls max
Saturday, November 7, 2020, 10:00AM – NOON
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
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 10:00AM- 12:00PM
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
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 9:00AM- NOON
Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a pharmacist? Come take a virtual tour, interact with faculty and staff, and get all your questions answered about this enthralling career field. Engage in a demo to witness how pharmacists compound ointments, observe a demonstration of Sim Man, which is a human replica that can mimic a heart rate and blood pressure, and test out your skills when you participate in a mock emergency room scenario that requires pharmacist intervention and involvement!
Capacity: 15 girls max
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