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Science Club for Girls

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Causes: Adult & Child Matching Programs, Children & Youth, Girls Clubs

Mission: Science Club for Girls increases the confidence and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) of K-12th grade girls belonging to groups that are underrepresented in these fields, through free programs that include hands-on learning, mentorship, and leadership opportunities. Girls work with mentor-scientists who model and foster leadership, affirm college as an expectation, and promote careers in science and technology as goals and options. In other words, we create an environment where girls have fun doing science and engineering, connecting with female mentors in those fields, and give older girls a chance to grow as guides and leaders! P.S. We were voted the 2009 Nonprofit of the Year by the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce.

Results: We have a 80% return rate for girls in elementary school, and a 65% return rate for girls in middle and high schools. These girls vote with their feet! Each year, we place between 2-5 high school students in internship positions at our corporate/university partner sites. In the past 4 years, all 19 of the high school girls who graduated from our program entered a two- or four-year college. 8 of them are in science- or engineering-related majors. Our enrollment has increased by about 20% each year the last 3 years.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 800+ participate in semester-long or vacation week programs

Geographic areas served: Cambridge, Boston, Newton, Lawrence, Brookline

Programs: Science clubs - a total of 65 school-year k-8 science clubs engaged 794 participants at 14 sites in five cities in eastern massachusetts (cambridge, boston, newton, lawrence and fitchburg). Clubs were led by volunteer mentors at a ratio of approximately 1 adult:5 girls each semester. Clubs met for 1-1. 5 hours per week for 8-10 weeks in the fall and spring. Curricula included engineering around the world, body maps, circuits and magnets, sound and light, chemistry and crystals, slime and matter, rescue by design, oceans, and astronomy. A total of 98 mentors from area universities and corporations supported these programs. Approximately 37% have or are earning their masters or doctorate degrees in stem. 4 campus chapters support our programs through volunteer recruitment, and the some club management roles, providing these women with leadership and other development opportunities, so in turn, they can be better role models for our girls and teens. We currently have chapters at northeastern university, harvard university, boston college, and brandeis university.

teen programs - we piloted a new 6-8th grade program, steministas, with 30 students at 2 sites, in preparation for the transition of these grades to the teen program. The steminista program is designed as a project-based, interdisciplinary curriculum that consists of multiple modules over the school year, and allows middle school girls to combine creativity and stem-related problem solving. Girls first go through a series of learning modules that give them foundational stem skills and an understanding of design, and are introduced to ideas such as biomimicry, climate control and feedbacks, and material science. Thereafter, they engage in 2-5 week-long "consulting" projects in different areas of stem, from civil and environmental engineering to astrobiology that are presented as problems by experts. They work in teams to create a solution, product or set of results related to the topic. We continued the research internship program for a second year. Junior and seniors in high school engaged in research projects at harvard university, simmons college, children's hospital and at aurora flight sciences. These and the other young women presented their projects and research at a year-end showcase, and/or the cambridge science festival. 90 and 98 high school girls participated in the fall and spring semesters respectively, in one or more of teen programs. Participants were engaged in our challenge teams: media team (6), rocket team (7), girls with a z: adventures with zebrafish program (20), coup de code game development (5); mobile app development (11) and internship program (6). The remainder were junior mentors who co-taught the science clubs or vacation week programs. 32 mentors, mostly professionals in stem, facilitated these programs. An additional 35 volunteers hosted girls for field trips. 32 mentors, mostly professionals in stem, facilitated these programs. An additional 35 volunteers hosted girls for field trips.

special programs - the summer vacation week program engaged 36 girls from 2nd-6th grades, in topics ranging from zebrafish biology, to green chemistry to ecology. We piloted a 6-week youth leaders in stem program, where teens spent each 20-hour week exposed to a different industry/research area, learning about the fundamental concepts, industry/real-life applications, and going on field trips to meet female professionals to explore careers and life paths. The show me the science event introduced over 30 boston area elementary school girls and their families to our programs through hands-on demos facilitated by area companies.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kai L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has attended SCFG since she was in kindergarten ( 3 years) and it has been the best experience. She loves it and learns so much. The experiments are fabulous and it fills a missing gap in her education. I recommended it to all my friends with girls. It's a quality program.

Racquel M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has enjoyed every science experiment. It was a great learning expereince that has increased her passion about Science.

Laureth C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Science education among girls is rare. From an early age, girls are discouraged by their peers and sometimes even their families from following a scientific path. As the grandparent of a girl who has a keen interest in science, I've been aware that her time is coming Grade school science classes can be dull and uninspired, teachers don't have enough resources to teach science in a fun and engaging way. Science Club for Girls can help fill that need as well as encourage girls like my granddaughter to study science and change the world for the better. With the knowledge that other girls like science too, many girls would have pursued a career in science!

Maria-Veronica B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Girls Science Club attends the needs of curious, engaged girls. They nurture the love and curiosity for learning and encourage little girls to follow paths that are still perceived as masculine and male dominated. The older girls who have outgrown the program come back to lead younger girls. What a powerful thing for a teenager that to be the guide for someone else. The little girls look up to these kids and learn that learning is a cool thing. I believe GSC is doing something great and I wish more girls could get involved in the program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter and I came to know the 'Science Club for Girls' at a Lego-Robotic-Competition. My then 9-year-old daughter was the only girl in her team and her (male) teacher - while all in all supportive - seemed to prefer the boys. She was so thrilled talking to the young women from the 'Science Club for Girls'. They patiently answered all of her questions and encouraged her to keep on doing what she was exited about despite being in the minority as the only girl among boys.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a great, positive, heart warming experience for my daughter! She just LOVES it and would not miss it for anything!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Science Club for Girls is a magical group. My daughter believes in herself every day she comes home. It is so empowering for her to women and girls of color playing intelligent, capable, and inspirational roles. She has enjoyed sleepovers at the Boston Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium. I tell as many parents of girls about this program as I can.

Lena S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Science Club for Girls has had such a positive influence on my two daughters. They are so excited every Saturday to meet their friends and classmates. The instructors make the class fun and entertaining and my two daughters really loved writing in their journals after each class. For me, this club has been a Godsend. I just hope they will get accepted in the fall so they can continue to flourish and foster a passion for science! My name is Lena Sheehan and I think Science Club for Girls is one of the best clubs I have ever been involved with.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I served as a Senior Lecturer at MIT from 1997-2007 and got involved with SCFG during its formative years. Working initially with the SCFG founders (Ms. McGowan and others) and then with Connie Chow, I initiated the SCFG Rocket Club, with generous support from MIT and the Massachusetts/NASA Space Grant Consortium. I was extraordinarily pleased with the extremely focused and attentive participation of the SCFB Rocket Club team members, and being able to see the young students working so well both individually and in small teams was an extremely rewarding mentorship experience for me. SCFG offers totally unique and enrichening educational experiences overall, and I feel very lucky to have worked with SCFG and the Rocket Club for several years until my departure from MIT in 2007. Peter Young, Col, USAF (Ret.)

Heather37

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with SCFG gave me the experience of learning how to communicate science to a younger audience than I had previously. As a volunteer I felt supported, appreciated, and like I was doing something good for local girls. I only wish I could have been able to volunteer for longer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with SCFG for 3 academic semesters now. I have had a wonderful time working with kindergarteners at the King Open School site and this past year working with second graders at Northeastern's site. Everyone at SCFG is passionate about science and children. It is very inspiring and rewarding to be part of such a positive organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 5 year old daughter has been introduced to Science in a playful, fun and educational manner and in a setting that she obviously loves. She is sharing basic things that she's learnt with us and will probably always see science as an interesting and fun topic that should she wish to pursue it, it completely accessible to her.

Melanie10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as a mentor scientists with SCFG a few semesters now and I love it! The girls in my club develop are eager to learn and they always have a good time. My junior mentors are developing all kinds of skills that will be useful as they graduate middle or high school and figure out what they will be doing with their futures.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Science Club for Girls is my daughter, Melanie's favorite out of school program. She looks forward to the mentorship provided by the effervescent staff and to connect with the girls in her group. Since joining SCFG my daughter is excited to learn and not afraid to challenge herself mentally. I've even seen her knowledge transfer into her regular school experience. And I can rest easy knowing that my daughter won't be scared of science the way her momma was!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved in Science Club for Girls after meeting the Executive Director Connie Chung at an event that I do not recall otherwise. The design of Science Club for Girls is unique in that girls begin the program at a very young age and as the grow up with the program, they mentor younger girls as they continue their own research. This is how science works in the "real world" where being able to teach is as important as being able to learn. Teaching requires true understanding and also builds confidence which is useful in any field that the girls will eventually choose to pursue.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My daughter has been involved with SCFG for 8 years (since kindergarten). I remember being so impressed that at 6 she understood the concept of representing data in a bar chart. It was so far beyond the first grade curriculum in her school. Over the years, she has had hands on experience with all kinds of science experiments, met and learned from a wide range of women scientists, and had the benefit of seeing all kinds of girls interested and engaged in science. This is the type of program that should be available to all girls everywhere!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Science Club for Girls provides science mentorship for girls from kindergarten through 12th grade. This program focuses on girls who will be the first in their family to attend college and has 100% success at helping girls of color and girls who will the first in their family to attend college, gain college scholarships.

Science Club for Girls utilizes volunteers at all levels of its operation from placing scientists as roll models and volunteers to teach clubs, to using professionals in organizational development to advise the board on expansion models.

Alumni from this program are active volunteers as well and some have started new clubs.

This volunteer opportunity has also been personally gratifying and I have employed girls from the program in my after school math programs.

Board Member

Rating: 5

SCG has a tremendous impact on the lives of young girls in poor urban areas. It offers them free programs designed to build their confidence about, and interest and skills in, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It reaches hundreds of girls every year.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have assisted many nonprofits in defying and delivering on their missions. Hands down, science club for girls is the most unique, dedicated, effective and cost effective organization I have worked with. This program inspires girls in science, sisterhood, and self confidence. It improves science literacy. It creates a new path for the girl and for her family as she begins to view college as a viable option and then excels at that goal! The girl is on a new path. Her family is on a new path. She sets a new example in the community. I am so proud to be able to assist this much recognized, well run organization with a cost per girl served half that of other local programs. A dedicated staff and working Board complete the picture!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Elizabeth Thomas and my daughter Dominique completed her first session with Science Club for girls. she truly is fascinated by all things science and with the big push to encourage girls to get interested this has been the perfect avenue for her. She is looking forward to the Science club for girls camp this summer and all the fun things she will continue to learn. This truly has been an eye-opening experience that has planted seeds and further increased her desire to want to get involved in the world of science. What a lovely opportunity this is for her and for all the girls who particpate.