2010 Year-in-Review December 20, 2010Posted by Connie Chow in Clubs, Executive Director Musings, girls in science.
So it’s the final year of the 1st decade of the 21st century! (Got that?) We don’t have the space nor time to do a countdown of the last decade at Science Club for Girls (historians, please apply), so below are some highlights from this year.
We are grateful to our sponsors and donors, volunteers, board members, Ambassadors, interns, service-learning students, staff, parents and partners who support our programs. But of course none of our accomplishments would have been possible without our many mentor-scientists who devote their time and talents to our girls. Our heartfelt thanks for making 2010 a wonderful year for our organization and our girls.
- First, we’re still giddy over the 2010 MetLife Afterschool Innovator Award we received in October for our STEM programs for middle school girls.
- Nevertheless, regular programming goes on. This fall, 445 girls experienced oodles of a-ha moments in 44 science clubs at 14 sites in 5 cities (in the U.S.). 68 teen Junior Mentors helped facilitate hands-on explorations.
- We piloted three new curricula for our middle school girls this fall. Toy Design, created by MIT mentor Emily Conn; Archaeology, created by Harvard grad student and mentor Bridget Alex; and Sports Nutrition, created and taught by Wellesley professor Connie Bauman and her class.
- Biomes, van de Waal generators, woodworking and organic farming were but some of activities and demos that the 70 girls who participated in the first Vacation Week programs in Boston and Cambridge and the 2-year old program in Newton experienced earlier this year.
- We’ve gone international! 90 girls from the village of Pokuase, Ghana participated in teacher-led Science Clubs earlier this spring. 90 more of their classmates participated in the fall of 2009. The next group will start in winter 2011.
- More than 450 girls, families and guests came together for our first, all-site showcase and celebration, Everybody LOVES Science, on May 13th. (Mark your calendars: the next one is planned for Sunday May 1, 2011.)
Our participants are showing the world that science and engineering ARE for everyone.
- Twelve alumnae who graduated from high school this past spring are finishing their first semester of college at MIT, Northeastern, Emmanuel, Vassar etc and studying environmental science, neurobiology, physical therapy and more.
- Middle schoolers Avianna and Miranda, and their mentor Gurtina braved the cold and stayed up half the night to participate in a Citizen Science project, as part of the making of SciGirls, produced by Twin Cities Public Television. Watch their episode, Star Power, online. Or read what Miranda’s father has to say about her involvement in Science Club for Girls.
- A group of 3rd/4th grade girls were filmed testing their water bottle rockets for WGBH’s ArthurBuster Spaces Out & The Long Road Home”. The episode will be aired on April 28, 2011. Stay tuned!
To find out more about our girls’ experiences, please click the links above.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!