Girls Pursuing Science
GPS engages elementary and middle school girls, ages 8 – 14, in innovative STEM and STEAM enrichment activities. GPS is designed to introduce girls to chemistry and math in a non-threatening environment, laughing and learning all the way.
Our goals to transform “chit-chat” into creativity; bullying into friendships; insecurity into confidence, and drama into discovery. Each activity brings a different level of innovation. Girls work individually or as a team in cosmetic chemistry, research, technology, art and applied mathematics.
21st Century out-of-school time enrichment programs that meet before or after school hours, Saturdays, or during the summer. GPS Studios provides girls a safe, stimulating place to engage in STEAM activities that leads to business development and start up opportunities.
GPS Studios is where tweens and teens experience science and makeup together! As early as 4th grade, girls are introduce to chemistry and applied mathematics through real life applications. Each week girls create a new product and learn how to brand and sell it. In the last three sessions, girls create a story board, an advertisement, and business plan. In the GPS Studio, girls go beyond building divergent and critical thinking and problem solving skills. Girls develop, build, and make creations that can change the world.
Each week is filled with activities that are educational, rewarding and fun. It’s the Beauty of Science!
Girls, parents, educators, and community leaders support GPS to change the direction of the following grueling statistics:
- Over the past 30 years in the US and Canada, women have vastly increased their proportion of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in STEM, however, girls continue to lag behind boys in course enrollment and advance placement exam participation, and in specific STEM subjects.
- Gains in education have not translated into equality in the workplace. Women still represent approximately one in five faculty members employed in all the STEM fields combined.
- Contributing to the underrepresentation of women in these fields are persistent stereotypes that girls are not good at or aren’t interested in STEM.
- Finally, take a little survey of your own. How many women executives do you know? Elected officials? Spiritual Leaders? Engineers? Scientist? Doctors? Chefs? Coaches? Entertainers?
However, research also tells us that:
- Girls outperform boys in math and science all over the world.
- Boys More Likely Than Girls to Underperform Academically.
- About 75% of teen girls are interested in STEM subjects and the general field of study.
- Almost 85% of girls see themselves as “smart enough to have a career in STEM.”
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- Build problem-solving and innovative capabilities.
- Engage girls in STEM at an early age.
- Develops leadership skills.