In Cambridge: Deep Roots, New Growth November 18, 2010Posted by Science Club for Girls in Clubs.
Tags: after school, Amigos, Cambridge, children, Clubs, college, early experience, Education, Fun, Harvard, Mentors, MIT, School, Science, STEM, Volunteer, women in science
It was in Cambridge in 1994 that Science Club for Girls was born. Sixteen years later, the grass roots organization that was conceived by a few parents continues to grow, even where it is most established.
This fall, due to popular demand, Science Club for Girls brought its program to the Morse School. On Wednesday afternoons, girls gather together with their mentors to explore the science behind Chemistry and Crystals and Magic Science. SCFG was first brought to the Morse School by the mentors, a group of women in the graduate school of sciences at BU. They forged the way by piloting one club at the site last year. Having met with the success, the doors were opened to SCFG to expand the program, which now reaches girls in three grades at the site.
In Cambridge, two new curricula have also emerged. Emily Conn, an engineering student at MIT and a returning mentor with Science Club for Girls, is piloting a curriculum that she wrote: Toy Factory. The curriculum explores the “E” in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) by giving girls the opportunity to design and build their own toys. Bridget Alex, an archaeology student at Harvard and a returning mentor, is also the author of a new curriculum, Archaeology, which she and fellow mentor Meredith McGregor are piloting this semester. Through it, the girls act as archaeologists in activities that vary from deducing an owl’s diet by dissecting its pellet, to developing the most effective formula for mummifying apples.
Both curricula will be temporarily retired after this semester for fine-tuning, but as we await their induction into the halls of SCFG fame, we acknowledge our exceptional mentors, new and returning, who continue to make all the difference for us and for our girls.