Programs & Events

Girls in Science Connect:Nature

Girls in Science Connect:Nature at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is an intensive 8-week program for 6th- and 7th-grade girls who have shown ability and strong interest in the sciences, especially the natural sciences. The Girls in Science mission is to engage girls in hands-on science experiences in the natural world and in the Museum, and to create a safe atmosphere where girls’ natural curiosity can flourish. We will meet female scientists from a range of scientific disciplines, go behind the scenes at the Museum, and get our hands dirty in the field. The program concludes with a full-day adventure and an Open House to share with parents and families. Through fun and exciting programs, girls will connect with each other and with female mentors, and will be empowered to ask questions and discover the world around them.

Our focus this spring will be on light and flight. We'll play with light, explore how it works, and learn how it affects the natural world. How do animals respond to light? What animals can make their own light? Next, we'll take off on a journey to understand our flying friends: birds, bats, and bugs.  How does flight work? Why are wings so different? Join us for a learning adventure as we explore the science of the natural world!

We can accept up to 20 girls from Wake or the surrounding counties to participate in this 8-week program. Students must be recommended by their current or previous science teachers. Homeschool students should obtain a recommendation from an unrelated adult like a music teacher, athletic or dance coach, or youth group leader.  Students meet weekly from 3:30 to 5:30pm and take part in one day-long adventure on a Saturday. Participating in Girls in Science Connect:Nature is a major time investment. Please consider this when applying. There is a $150 program fee to cover equipment and expenses, due by the first day of the program.

A complete schedule with topics and meeting locations will be provided to participants. All programs will meet at the Museum or at Prairie Ridge Ecostation.

Day Time
Thursday, January 29 3:30-5:30 pm
Thursday, February 5 3:30-5:30 pm
Thursday, February 12 3:30-5:30 pm
Thursday, February 19 3:30-5:30 pm
Thursday, February 26 3:30-5:30 pm
Thursday, March 5 3:30-5:30 pm
Thursday, March 12 3:30-5:30 pm
Thursday, March 19 3:30-5:30 pm
Saturday, March 21 All-day trip, times TBA

Deadline Wednesday, January 7, 2015. All three parts of the application must be submitted by 5pm on January 7.  A complete application consists of three online forms: one for girls, one for parents, and a recommendation from a current or former science teacher. Homeschool students will need to get a recommendation from an unrelated adult such as a music teacher, coach, or youth group leader.

Girls: Tell us about yourself here

Parents: Provide contact information here

Science Teachers: Describe your student here

Questions? Contact Kathryn Fromson at 919.707.9951.

Girls in Science Connect: Nature is sponsored by Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds initiative.

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