AWIS-PHL is involved in a number local outreach efforts to expose young women to the exciting opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers.
Philadelphia Area Girls Enjoying Science™ (PAGES™) is an award-winning program that gives sixth-grade girls a hands-on experience with science. PAGES offers mini-conferences once each fall and spring at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA. Each mini-conference begins with a breakfast snack and a keynote address given by a local woman with an interesting career in science. The participants are then divided into small groups to move into the labs to perform three different experiments. Each experiment is led by a female scientist or team of scientists. The day ends with lunch, give-aways, door prizes, and decorating a banner.
Start Talking Science is a free public event where STEM researchers present posters detailing their research in a non-technical manner to a general audience so as to foster insightful conversations and connections, and increase public interest in the cutting-edge research taking place in Philadelphia. In addition, Start Talking Science aims to strengthen the science communication skills of STEM researchers and provides an atmosphere for individuals from various backgrounds to network, share ideas, and collaborate.
Girl’s Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology (GETT) is a free, fun, informational event for middle and high school girls in grades 6 through 12 and their parents that features successful women in technology. Attendees learn the facts about how technology careers can be fulfilling, fun and rewarding personally, professionally and financially. This program is usually held each March in a location in Chester County.
The Philadelphia Science Festival takes place annually each spring and features lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages.
AWIS-PHL is actively engaged with the Delaware Valley Science Council (DVSC) whose mission is to to encourage students to study and pursue careers in science and math, thus helping to ensure a scientifically literate and talented workforce for tomorrow’s needs in Delaware Valley business, education and government. Members of AWIS-PHL serve on the DVSC board, and AWIS-PHL sponsors an award as part of DVSC’s Annual Science Competition.
The National Girls Collaborative Project™ (NGCP) is designed to reach girl-serving STEM organizations across the United States. Under this umbrella, the The PA STEM Girls Collaborative Project brings together organizations throughout Pennsylvania that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
AWIS-PHL is proud to be listed in the NGCP Director (see http://www.ngcproject.org/program/association-women-science-philadelphia).
In 2009, jointly with The Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society (ACS-PHL- WCC), we received a mini-grant that supported the design and deployment of a web site for PAGES™. This site serves as a resource for the girls and their teachers and families.
AWIS-PHL is happy to discuss collaborations with other groups via NGCP. Please contact us if you would like more information.