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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.
*Tour Your Future welcomes cisgender girls, transgender girls, non-binary youth, gender nonconforming youth, genderqueer youth, and anyone who identifies as female.

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+ 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I go on a tour? Tours are open to individuals and groups ages 11-17. Cisgender girls, transgender girls, non-binary youth, gender nonconforming youth, genderqueer youth, and anyone who identifies as female is welcome. All tours are $10 per student.

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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Fall 2021 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.

 


UPMC Children's Hospital of PittsburghChildren’s Hospital of Pittsburgh – Rangos Research Building - COMPLETED
Virtual Event
Monday, September 13, 2021
1–3 pm

Take a virtual tour of the Department of Pediatrics in the Rangos Research Building of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where scientists research immunology, gut bacteria, and cancer. During the virtual tour, you will explore the lab space and equipment, including special chambers for growing bacteria that only survive without oxygen. Learn what a scientist does every day, as well as how Dr. Overacre-Delgoffe ended up as a PhD scientist in tumor immunology. A supply kit will be available for pick up from Carnegie Science Center before the event so you can get hands on and grow your own bacteria!

Capacity: 12 participants max
Website: https://www.chp.edu/research/rkmfi/research-labs/hand-lab opens in a new window


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Prototype PGH - COMPLETED
460 Melwood Avenue
Suite 208
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Friday, September 17, 2021
10 am–Noon

Prototype PGH is a creative workshop space focused on supporting women in technology and entrepreneurship. They have workshops on screen printing, sticker making, 3D printing, laser engraving, and more. They also run an incubator each year for women-owned businesses, which have included a bathing suit manufacturer, a film maker, a doll maker, and many others. They are open 24/7 for members and their monthly fee is sliding scale based on income. During the tour, explore the space, learn about how you can become an entrepreneur, and try out some of their hands-on technology when you design and screen print tote bags!

Capacity: 15 participants max
Website: http://www.prototypepgh.com opens in a new window


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Gecko Robotics - COMPLETED
6901 Lynn Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
1–3 pm

Gecko Robotics builds wall climbing robots that perform non-destructive testing on the world’s most critical infrastructure. Gecko operates all over the world in industries such as oil and gas, paper and pulp, and defense and manufacturing. Join us to learn how Gecko’s engineers and operations teams work together to provide safer inspections and the highest value data for our customers. Take an up-close look at Gecko’s R&D space where the robots are made and get hands on with the latest version of their Toka robot.

Capacity: 15 participants max
Website: www.geckorobotics.com opens in a new window


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Carnegie Museum of Natural History: Invertebrate Zoology - COMPLETED
Carnegie Museum of Natural History logo4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
10 am–noon

The Section of Invertebrate Zoology has the largest collection at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, containing approximately 14 million specimens. See the collection of dry insects stored in drawers, as well as samples and specimens stored in alcohol, including the crayfish, spiders, larval collections, and other invertebrates. The tour includes a chance to see specimens stored in compactors and a view of the old-fashioned cabinetry containing the butterfly collection. You will learn about the type of work done in a typical insect research collection and speak with staff about a career in entomology. Try your hand at being an entomologist by handling specimens on pins and examining them under a microscope!

Capacity: 10 participants max
Website: https://carnegiemnh.org/research/invertebrate-zoology/ opens in a new window


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 Hatch - CANCELED
Virtual Event
Thursday, September 23, 2021
10 am–Noon

Hatch is a global, multidisciplinary engineering and management consulting firm. In its 65th year, the company’s experience spans over 150 countries around the world in the metals, energy, infrastructure, digital, and investments market sectors. The more than 10,000 employees at Hatch are entrepreneurs with a technical soul and are passionately committed to the pursuit of a better world through positive change. During the virtual tour, you’ll hear from each of Hatch’s technical and project support groups including water/infrastructure, electrical/automations, civil/structural/architectural, process, and mechanical/piping. The tour will conclude with a fun, hands-on activity where you will get to build your very own water treatment system using common materials and household items!

Capacity: 50 participants max
Website: https://www.hatch.com/ opens in a new window

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Beaver Valley Power Station
200 Shippingport Rd
Shippingport, PA 15077
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Noon–3 pm

Did you know that behind your light switch are many people working around the clock to generate electricity to be delivered to your home? Learn how safe, carbon-free, reliable electricity is generated at a nuclear power plant by vising Beaver Valley Power Station! The tour will be on-site and will feature an overview presentation of nuclear power generation, a virtual plant tour, and a walking tour ending  with a demonstration at the control room simulator. It takes a great team of employees with a wide array of skills to support power generation and we will discuss the variety of career opportunities available at a nuclear power plant.

Special Note: Lunch will be provided for attendees.
Capacity:
20 participants max
Website: https://energyharbor.com/ opens in a new window


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Duqeusne Light logoDuquesne Light Co. - CANCELED
Virtual Event
Thursday, September 30, 2021
10 am–11:30 am

Duquesne Light distributes electrical power to Pittsburgh and surrounding counties. You will virtually tour the Company Operations Center where operators monitor the entire DLC electrical system 24 hours a day, and respond to emergencies to minimize outages. Meet the women engineers that work throughout the company to keep the power on for their customers and learn how efficiency, time management, preserving resources, teamwork, and re-designing for improvement play an important role in engineering.

Capacity: 15 participants max
Website: www.duquesnelight.com opens in a new window

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Humane animal rescue of pittsburgh logoHumane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh – Wildlife Center
6000 Verona Road
Verona, PA 15147
Saturday, October 2, 2021
1–3 pm

Have you ever wanted to explore a career working with animals or helping protect wildlife? Take a walk on the wild side at Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh’s Wildlife Center to learn all about the fascinating careers involved with wildlife rehabilitation. Take a tour of our facility, which specializes in caring for sick, injured, and orphaned native PA wildlife. Our fully licensed wildlife facility admits more than 4,000 animals of over 130 unique species annually, with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. You will get a chance to ask questions of the incredible women who take care of and save the lives of animals every day. The event will also include a visit from an animal ambassador and a rehabilitation-themed hands-on activity.

Special Note: The tour will be partially outdoors so weather-appropriate clothing and footwear are recommended. 
Capacity:
15 participants max
Website: https://www.humaneanimalrescue.org opens in a new window


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Pitt Swanson Engineering
Swanson School of Engineering - Benedum Hall - CANCELED
3700 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
10 am–Noon

Come and visit the Swanson School of Engineering where you will get a glimpse into their First-Year Engineering Program! Learn about the different engineering courses offered and ask questions about specific types of engineering that interest you. This program, in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh, has newly renovated, state-of-the-art buildings and labs. Meet current engineering Ambassadors as they give you a tour of Benedum Hall. In the Introductory Makerspace, where all Pitt engineers receive training freshman year, engage with an activity investigating conductivity and coding using Makey-Makeys.

Capacity: 30 participants max
Website: http://www.engineering.pitt.edu opens in a new window

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Philips logoPhilips Healthcare – Sleep & Respiratory Care
6400 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Noon–3 pm

You may have not given much thought to why we sleep or how we breathe, but imagine you didn’t sleep well or couldn’t take a deep breath. What would that feel like? What would it stop you from doing? At Philips Sleep and Respiratory Care, their goal is to help every person sleep and breath better and their teams develop innovative solutions to help people function at their best. During the tour, you’ll spend time with people in a variety of roles, including engineers and product managers, and hear about a day in their lives and their career paths. You will also engage in a hands-on activity to design your own solution to a real-life problem they are tackling today!

Special Note: Lunch will be provided for attendees.
Capacity:
30 participants max
Website:
https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/solutions/sleep opens in a new window
https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/solutions/breathing-and-respiratory-care opens in a new window


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ThermoFisher Scientific logo
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.
300 Industry Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Thursday, November 4, 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. 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, then participate in an activity to learn how to identify the DNA in a strawberry.

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


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Magee Womens Research Institute logoMagee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI)
204 Craft Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Saturday, November 13, 2021
10 am–Noon

MWRI is one of the largest research institutions in the world focused on women’s and reproductive health. During the tour, you will get an overview of the research at MWRI and then learn about their use of genetics and model organisms to understand human disease. In the lab, use microscopes to identify different mutant phenotypes and fluorescent animals. See how microinjection is done and experience confocal (super high power) imaging to visualize chromosomes for the study of germ cell development and early stages of embryogenesis. Learn how the environment impacts developmental outcomes.

Capacity: 12 participants max
Website: https://mageewomens.org/ opens in a new window


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Covestro LLC
1 Covestro Circle
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Tuesday, November 16, 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 to take home.

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


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Pennsylvania American Water
380 Becks Run Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15210
Wednesday, December 8, 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 participants max
Website: https://amwater.com/paaw/ opens in a new window


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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.