Hands-on science for middle and high school girls
Designed to inspire the next generation of researchers and engineers, Girls in Science connects elementary, middle, and high school girls with female scientists from the Burke Museum and the University of Washington. These programs aim to offer real-world experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to girls who may not otherwise have access to these opportunities.
The Middle School Girls in Science program provides a collaborative and supportive environment for girls in grades 6–8 to explore a variety of STEM fields such as oceanography, neuroscience, biology and spectroscopy. Participants meet one Saturday each month to learn from female scientists at the Burke Museum and the University of Washington. Together, they conduct experiments with plants, learn to measure light, examine zooplankton under a microscope, discover how the brain works, and more!
Ages: Grades 6–8
Session Dates: One Saturday per month from 9 am - 12 pm during the 2016-2017 school year: October 15, November 19, December 10, January 14, February 25, March 18, April 22, May 13.
Apply: Applications are now closed for the 2016-2017 school year.
The High School Girls in Science program gives girls in grades 9–12 the opportunity to be a part of the groundbreaking research being performed everyday by Burke Museum scientists. Participants in this quarterly program meet afterschool on six Mondays to take an in-depth look at a particular field of study at the Burke. Girls will explore what the Burke’s vast research collections can tell us about our past, present and future!
Ages: Grades 9–12
Session Dates: Mondays from 4–6 pm for six sessions each quarter. Participants may apply for fall, winter, and/or spring quarter.
- Fall: Malacology with Dr. Melissa Frey, Invertebrate Zoology Collections Manager (applications for fall quarter are now closed).
- Winter: Paleobotany with Dr. Caroline Strömberg, Curator of Paleobotany. 4-6 pm on the following dates: 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/TBD. Please submit your application for winter quarter by December 15, 2016.
- Spring: Ichthyology with Katherine Maslenikov, Ichthyology Collections Manager. Certain Mondays from 4-6 pm (3/27/17-6/5/17, exact dates coming soon). Please submit your application for spring quarter by March 1, 2017.
In July of each year, the Burke Museum holds a weeklong summer camp for girls entering grades 5–7 to explore hands-on science with Burke Museum and University of Washington female scientists. Visit our Camps page to learn more!
The development of Girls in Science is in part supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. EAR-1253713. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the Burke and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.