Young Rocket Scientists were Out of this World!

Our VIRTUAL Summer Rocketry Program blasted off in July with eighteen enthusiastic participants! These soon-to-be rocket scientists—rising 6th-9th graders—joined together by Zoom to explore concepts of space and rocketry, and built and ultimately launched their rockets in in-person, socially-distant settings.

Watch the video below (the first of a series) to see what these young scientists accomplished during the two-week program, including participating in astronaut physical training, designing moon-based facilities, and meeting real-life aerospace scientists during an inspiring career panel:
A huge thank you to Nuance Communications and Cambridge STEAM Initiative for funding this program. Also, special thanks to Women's Foundation of Boston for making the program a stellar success and Aurora Flight Sciences' team for their support. Stay tuned for our next video featuring the rocket launches!
"The most memorable times were when the project finally comes together."
YOU did it!

We're ecstatic to share that YOU exceeded our goal—with 75 individuals donating $27,741 to support Science Club for Girls and our virtual programs!

THANK YOU to all of you who contributed and helped spread the word! You ensure that diverse girls and young women will continue to thrive in their STEM education, helping to build a more inclusive, vibrant STEM community for us all.

Thank you for showing up for the girls of Science Club—who will keep on going thanks to you!
Dr. Bertolaet shares career advice with Amherst's Science Incubator Program

On June 26, our Executive Director Bonnie Bertolaet shared her career trajectory and advice with a group of students at her alma mater, Amherst College, during a virtual seminar for their Science Incubator Program, which provides supplemental training to STEM students from underrepresented communities.
“I am so proud to be a part of the Amherst community, which is a true leader in promoting a more diverse and equitable community in academia, including in STEM. Kudos to you all!” shared Dr. Bertolaet.

Since the talk, several Amherst students have become involved with SCFG, including Isabelle Caban, an aspiring geologist who was a guest on #SCFGLive's 11th episode: Science Rocks! Isabelle is a member of a group called GUAC, Geologists Underrepresented at Amherst College. We're excited to welcome Isabelle and her peers to the SCFG community!

Former Junior Mentors Develop App: MadLabz

Former SCFG Junior Mentors—Sarah Knotts and Jennifer Wang—collaborated with their 2020 Technovation Challenge teammates to create MadLabz—a STEM learning app that compiles Science Club for Girls' curated collection of #SCFGatHome resources and hands-on activities in an easy-to-use digital format.

The app, which is now available for download on Apple's App Store, organizes experiments by subject (Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics) and simply outlines the materials, step-by-step procedures, and an analysis of STEM concepts with colorful, hand-drawn graphics and easy-to-follow explanations.

Jennifer, who became involved as a Junior Mentor in eighth grade and plans to pursue computer science at Brown University this fall, shared her perspective:

"Science Club for Girls has been defying the norm that women do not belong in STEM. I’ve witnessed firsthand how SCFG has given girls the confidence and courage to pursue STEM in the future and also how they have made many complicated topics, even rocket science, simple and fun."

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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.

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