Connecting the campus to the community
Feb. 16, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12:30 – 4:00 pm
MSU Billings Physical Education Building
Upper Gym and Lower Gym
Girls-n-Science (formerly known as Chicks in Science), is a one-day science extravaganza unlike any other science show that provides hands-on, minds-on interactive activities to introduce girls in 4th – 8th grades to careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math); to encourage and excite them to pursue education in those areas; and to facilitate relationships between the girls and professional women in scientific disciplines.
There will be 35-50 booths at MSUB’s Alteroitz Gym with hands-on, minds-on activities. Female STEM-related professionals will be involved with each booth giving girls one-on-one contact with important role models who are also mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters with varied interests and life goals.
The jobs that our 4th graders will hold as adults likely haven’t even been thought of yet, but Industry surveys indicate that many emerging careers will require an understanding of STEM and the problem-solving, critical thinking, adaptive and collaborative skills gained through the study of these subjects. Often, psychological barriers, gender expectations, and the “coolness” factor can act as barriers to girls in the pursuit of STEM educational and career opportunities. Girls-n-Science strives to abolish negative and fearful attitudes about math and science; empowering young women in both their femininity and intellect.
The event’s theme this year is STEM Super Powers! Dress up like your favorite super hero – Marvel, DC Comics, or your own creation!
Introduced last year, STEM Stars provides longer hands-on opportunities for girls in 7th and 8th grades only. These 45-minute concurrent sessions (with three different female STEM professional) will take place the morning of Girls-n-Science (from 8:30 am to noon) and further introduce girls to STEM-related professions in a fun, yet educational way. Space will be limited to 60, breakfast and lunch will be provided and registration is required here. When you register, be sure to tell us what size hoodie you would like. This is what last year’s looked like:
NEW THIS YEAR: Explore Your Future!
Female students at MSUB, City College, Rocky Mountain College and juniors and seniors from local high schools will be invited to present STEM-related posters and science experiments during Girls-n-Science. Girls in 4-8 grades will interact with the STEM presenters and get the chance to vote on their favorites.
Girls will vote on their favorite presentation in both the high school and college categories and final decisions will be made by the Girls-n-Science committee. The winner of each category in high school and college will win a $150 prize (2 $150 prizes for high school and 2 for college). Each winner must be present to win. Categories include:
*Most Inspirational Presentation
To learn more about the event, STEM Stars for 7th and 8th grade girls or Explore Your Future, call 406-896-5882 or visit http://www.msubillings.edu/girls/.