Executive Director Bonnie Bertolaet wins WEST's " Making a Difference in the Community"​ Award

We are thrilled to share the news that our Executive Director, Dr. Bonnie Bertolaet, has been awarded a "Making a Difference in the Community" Award by WEST, Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology.

Since becoming ED in 2019, and previously as Board Chair, Bonnie has shown remarkable dedication to SCFG's mission—reinvigorating the organization with a new strategic plan and robust fundraising infrastructure to support sustainable, future growth. As one nominee shared, " Bonnie has committed herself completely to SCFG, working tirelessly with staff, mentors, schools and city administrators on programming, while also managing to write grants, organize fundraising events, and be fully engaged with the Board. She is truly amazing and personifies the spirit of what this award represents."

Bonnie will accept the award at WEST's 12th Annual Awards Night on September 30. Congratulations, Bonnie, and thank you for your exceptional leadership!
SCFG Goes Live!

Tune in to our live science show, "Spring into STEM" this Wednesday, April 22 at 3:00 PM on Facebook Live and Instagram Live for some cool experiments for scientists of all ages! 

Bring a little spring indoors with a live demonstration on clouds and an activity you can do on the water cycle. To join, simply gather the materials below and visit us on Facebook or Instagram this Wednesday at 3pm! Materials:  1 cup of water, zip-lock bag or plastic water bottle, permanent marker, pencil and paper
SCFG at Home

It's hard to believe it's Week 5 of SCFG at Home ! We've been so encouraged by your feedback, photos, and descriptions of experiments—from bird nests, to lava lamps, to hair-strength tests and science journals. We know these are difficult times for many families, and hope that for some of you, an occasional dose of science has helped. Keep up the great work, and most importantly, stay healthy and safe!

We welcome anyone (not just our club participants) to access our list of at-home STEM activities , check out our Facebook Page every Monday for the "Activity of the week," and share your experiments on social media with #SCFGatHome!

Stay tuned for more live and recorded content!
Virtual Q&A: "Being a Scientist"

On Saturday, April 4, SCFG Mentors and Junior Mentors came together for a virtual Q&A session on "Being a Scientist." After a check in of how everyone was feeling, Junior mentors asked questions on planning for the future, and Mentors—from an array of STEM fields—shared their experiences and advice.

Participants also voiced their need for community and resources during this time. In response, we will host 2 seminars per month on topics such as career development and college readiness. STEM resources, specifically for our Mentors and Junior Mentors, are now available on our new Resources page.

It was a great reminder of how amazing our SCFG community is, especially during tough times! Next up: "W hat it's like to be a high school student" with 7th and 8th grade STEMinistas and Junior Mentors We can't wait to see you soon!
Free STEM Books!

During this time when schools and libraries are closed, we're excited to partner with Tumblehome Books to offer FREE BOOKS to our community through their 3Rs Program: Read, Review, Repeat !

Here's how it works: readers choose their free book from the SCFG-curated list , receive it by mail within about 2 weeks, read it, review it on Amazon.com, and repeat the process as many times as they want! There is no cost to the reader (shipping is free) and no obligation at any time in the process. Click below to learn more, browse STEM books for all ages, and order your first free book!
Mentor of the Month: Olivia Meyerson

This month we're thankful for former mentor, Olivia Meyerson, who volunteered to help plan our recent Zoom call with Junior Mentors and Mentors (see above!) Olivia, a PhD student studying genetics and evolutionary biology at Harvard University , became a mentor at King Open School in the Fall of 2018. Olivia shares:

"I had been interested in engaging with and providing mentorship to Junior Mentors for a while; when the shutdown occurred, it dawned on me that this might be a great time to start a series of workshops. I am so excited that we were able to kick off the series with a workshop "On being a scientist", where Junior Mentors discussed with Mentors the ins and outs of different scientific career paths. I'm already looking forward to the next session! "

Thank you, Olivia, for all you do to support young scientists and continue building community at Science Club for Girls!

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About Science Club for Girls
SCFG fosters excitement, confidence and literacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for girls from underrepresented communities by providing free, experiential programs. With women making up less than 24 percent of the STEM workforce—and Black and Hispanic women at less than four percent—SCFG addresses a critical need, offering a continuum of engaging activities in STEM for K-8 girls, leadership experiences for high school girls, and adult mentoring by committed women in STEM.

Thank you for making this work possible!