Tour Your Future Logo

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 $5 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 2019 Tour Schedule


Thursday, September 12, 2019- COMPLETEDAHN Allegheny General Hospital Logo

9:30 am–12:30 pm

Allegheny General Hospital

320 East North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Observe an open-heart surgery from an enclosed observation dome at Allegheny General Hospital. Learn about surgical instruments and practice tying surgical knots while touring the facility. If available, you may also use an endoscopic camera to harvest veins from an artificial leg.

Note: Attendees must be at least 14 years old to attend this tour and must be able to navigate stairs to the observation dome. There is no elevator.

Capacity: 12 girls max

Website: https://www.ahn.org/cardiovascular-institute


Saturday, September 14, 2019- COMPLETED BirdBrain Technologies Logo

10 am–noon

BirdBrain Technologies

544 Miltenberger Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Founded at the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University in 2010, BirdBrain Technologies is a research-based company that cultivates creativity and computational thinking while promoting gender equality and diversity in engineering and robotics. Learn how products like The Finch Robot and the Hummingbird Robotics Kit are designed and tested. Then, use the Hummingbird Robotics Kit to build and program your own robot!

Capacity: 15 girls max

Website: https://www.birdbraintechnologies.com/]


Wednesday, September 18, 2019- COMPLETEDHatch Logo

11 am–1 pm

Hatch

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. Engage in a water purification and circuitry activity and get a glimpse into the life of engineers and designers working on multidisciplinary projects. Learn how distinct types of engineers (civil, mechanical, chemical, materials science, and electrical) come together to create a solution.

Note: Lunch will be provided.
Capacity: 15 girls max
Website: https://www.hatch.com/


Monday, September 23, 2019- COMPLETEDALCOSAN Logo - 3 Rivers Proud

9:30 am–1:15 pm

ALCOSAN

3300 Preble Avenue, 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 rain water and melted snow go? That place is ALCOSAN, the clean water agency for most of Allegheny County. Tour the 59-acre treatment plant that processes up to 250 million gallons of wastewater daily. During lunch, hear from a panel of female environmental stewards who work in a variety of departments at ALCOSAN. During an engineering design activity, work to build a stable structure that satisfies a set of requirements using a limited amount of materials.

Note: Lunch will be provided.

Capacity: 25 girls

Website: www.alcosan.org


Tuesday, September 24, 2019- COMPLETEDSnapology Logo

10 am–noon

Snapology

1350 Old Pond Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Tour the Discovery Center at Snapology, a premier partner for STEAM programs offering year-round programs in schools, community facilities, homes, and at their location. Design your own amusement park using LEGO® bricks and other building materials to make coasters and other awesome rides.

Note: Snapology release form will need filled out online beforehand in addition to Carnegie Science Center’s release form.

Capacity: 30 girls

Website: www.snapology.com


Wednesday, October 2, 2019- COMPLETEDPennsylvania American Water Logo

10 am–noon

Pennsylvania American Water

380 Becks Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210

Get an in-depth look at the water treatment process at Pennsylvania American Water’s Hays Mine water treatment facility. Tour the water quality laboratory, learn how water is tested and monitored, and explore the engineering challenges that come with delivering water to customers’ homes.

Capacity: 10 girls

Website: https://amwater.com/paaw/

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Thursday, October 3, 2019- COMPLETEDCarnegie Museum of Natural History Logo

10 am–noon

Carnegie Museum of Natural History Section of Invertebrate Zoology

4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Explore Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Section of Invertebrate Zoology, which contains approximately 14 million specimens. Meet staff in the entomology lab, learn how to prepare and identify insects, and examine specimens including crayfish, spiders, larval collections, and butterflies.

Capacity: 15 girls

Website: https://carnegiemnh.org/researcher/sections/invertebrate-zoology/

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Saturday, October 12, 2019- COMPLETED Frick Environmental Center Logo

9 am–noon

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Frick Environmental Center

2005 Beechwood Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15217

The Frick Environmental Center provides families, students, and learners of all ages with educational programs that extend into Frick Park’s woodlands, streams, meadows, and trails. Tour the facility and learn about the seven petals of the Living Building Challenge, as well as the technologies and design choices that allowed the building to become a certified Living Building, including being net-zero energy and net-zero water.

Note: 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

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019- COMPLETEDRoadRunner Recycling Logo

10 am–noon

RoadRunner Recycling

1 PPG Place, Floor 33, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

With RoadRunner Recycling’s powerful urban logistics engine, more materials can be recycled as safely, efficiently, and environmentally friendly as possible. Learn what you can do to minimize waste and incorporate recycling solutions into your everyday life. Meet with Recycle More Specialists, software engineers, and the human resources/legal team, then try your hand at a recycling activity.

Capacity: 15 girls max

Website: https://www.roadrunnerwm.com/

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019- COMPLETED Desmone Architects Logo

10 am–noon

Desmone Architects

3400 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Desmone Architects is a full-service architecture and interior design firm with a practice deeply rooted in design excellence and superior client service. See firsthand what architects and interior designers do and learn about their current projects and why they decided to become design professionals. Learn about the technology that goes into the design process and go on a “virtual building tour” using a VR headset.

Capacity: 15 girls max

Website: www.desmone.com


Saturday, November 9, 2019- COMPLETEDSlippery Rock University Logo

Noon–4 pm

Slippery Rock University, Robert M. Smith Student Center

1 Morrow Way, Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Take a deep dive into the science subject of your choice at Slippery Rock! Meet with staff and students from one of the tracks listed below for lunch, a roundtable discussion, and specialized interactive projects.

Biology Track: Analyze DNA using gel electrophoresis, a technique used in every aspect of biology from medical research to forensic science.

Chemistry Track: Analyze a water sample to determine the total hardness level utilizing complexometric titration.

Computer Science Track: Design, build, and code a digital light project using Arduino, a multi-color LED light display.

Geography, Geology, and the Environment Track: Reconstruct the paleoenvironment during the Jurassic period using fossil and rock data to understand dinosaur habitats.

Exercise and Rehab Science Track: Conduct a treadmill stress test and read EKGs to determine how doctors determine the health of the heart.

Psychology Track: Dissect the brain to learn about brain anatomy and function.

After your track, learn about recreation therapy at the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center and participate in equine-assisted activities.

Note: Lunch will be provided on this tour.

Capacity: 50 girls max

Website: http://www.sru.edu

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Thursday, November 14, 2019- COMPLETEDAllegheny Health Network Logo

1–3 pm

The STAR Center

4900 Friendship Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

The STAR Center is an accredited simulation center for Allegheny Health Network that provides education and training to all areas of the healthcare system. Be immersed in a mock medical emergency within the simulated virtual hospital, and learn CPR compressions, bleeding control techniques, and stethoscope use to assess both heart and lung sounds.

Capacity: 15 girls max

Website: https://www.ahn.org/education/star-center


Saturday, November 16, 2019 - COMPLETED4C Technologies Logo

1–3 pm

4CTechnologies

1500 Ardmore Blvd., Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

4CTechnologies provides custom application development services and business consulting to its customers. One of their divisions, 4CGeoWorks, focuses on business intelligence, market analysis, data analytics and mapping. Learn about recent advancements in the dynamic field of geographic information systems (GIS) and explore how online mapping software is used to collect and analyze data within a region. Using iPads and laptops, work your way through creating your own analysis using logic, comparisons, and spatial relationships.

Capacity: 14 girls max

Website: https://www.cccctech.com/ and https://4cgeoworks.com/

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Monday, November 18, 2019 UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Logo

1–3 pm

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

5117 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Tour the world-renowned UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and learn about the cutting-edge work happening locally to understand and fight cancer. Meet some of the inspiring women and scientific leaders who are actively working to understand mechanisms of cancer development and to create novel therapies for cancer patients.

Capacity: 15 girls max

Website: http://hillman.upmc.com/research


Thursday, November 21, 2019 Michael Baker International Logo

10 am–1 pm

Michael Baker International

100 Airside Drive, Moon Township, PA 15108

Michael Baker International provides a variety of engineering and consulting services including: design, planning, architectural, environmental, construction, and program management. Meet women who design and engineer bridges, roadways, and buildings; solve complex environmental challenges; and creatively transform spaces through interior design. Engage in an interactive session that will help you discover how you can make a difference in your community with a career in engineering, science, and design.

Note: Lunch will be provided on this tour.

Capacity: 15 girls max

Website: www.mbakerintl.com


Friday, November 22, 2019 University of Pittsburgh logo

1–3 pm

University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology

6425 Penn Avenue, Suite 403, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Have you ever wondered about the science behind prosthetic limbs or bracing devices? Learn how prosthetists and orthotists are building prosthetic limbs and bracing devices using everything from simple plasters to 3D printing. Observe several examples of orthotic and prosthetic devices, then try out a pseudo-prosthesis to gain a greater understanding of the function, fit, and feel of a prosthetic device.

Capacity: 25 girls max

Website: www.shrs.pitt.edu/mspo

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Pitt McGowan Logo

10 am–noon

McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine

450 Technology Drive, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15216

The McGowan Institute is the most ambitious regenerative program in the nation, coupling biology, clinical science, and engineering. The McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine’s primary focus is on the development of technology to address tissue and organ insufficiency. Learn about artificial organs, biohybrid organs, conventional tissue engineering, and cellular therapies while you participate in laboratory demonstrations of regenerative medicine technology.

Capacity: 20 girls max

Website: www.mcgowan.pitt.edu


Saturday, December 7, 2019 University of Pittsburgh logo

10 am–noon

University of Pittsburgh Department of Human Genetics

Pitt Public Health Building, 130 DeSoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Meet Dr. Beth Roman and see how her laboratory uses zebrafish in biomedical research focused on blood vessel development and disease. Her research is focused on understanding how mutations in specific genes misdirect arteries and veins, causing them to form direct connections instead of being separated by a network of tiny capillaries. Learn how to use a fluorescent stereomicroscope to peer into the miniature world of the zebrafish embryonic heart and blood vessels.

Capacity: 10 girls max

Website: https://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/beth-l-roman


Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Duquesne Pharmacy Logo

9 am–noon

Duquesne University School of Pharmacy

600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Meet faculty and staff of the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, who can tell you all about being a pharmacist. Learn how to compound an ointment and observe a demonstration of Sim Man, a human replica that can mimic a heart rate and blood pressure. Test out your skills during a mock emergency room scenario that requires pharmacist intervention and involvement.

Capacity: 15 girls max

Website: www.duq.edu/academics/schools/pharmacy

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Register online or call 412.237.3400 to book your spot today!


 

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