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STEM Stars

STEM Stars is a collaborative project of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and Carnegie Science Center that improves elementary and middle school girls' academic achievement and enthusiasm for STEM areas. Hosted at sites across Allegheny County, STEM Stars addresses barriers to STEM sucess, such as inadequate access, opportunity, academic preparation, and gender stereotypes.

Using new technologies and practical applications, STEM Stars engages underserved girls in hands-on, project-based, experiential learning,

STEM Stars sparks girls' excitement for STEM and bridges the gap between instruction and application. Girls learn 21st Century skills such as website design, coding, additive manufacturing, and data science, and they are encouraged to work together to solve problems and share their experiences.

One Saturday each month, girls visit a local college or university, where they learn about college life, tour campuses, and meet with administrators and students. These events, called Saturday Academies, also give girls the opportunity to engage in fun STEM activities guided by local Maker Spaces, interact with professional women who have been successful in their fields against the odds, and develop their life skills.

Two of our STEM Stars, pictured at YWCA's 2019 Celebration of Learning

At the end of the school year our students and their families gather at a "Celebration of Learning," where they enjoy a meal, a STEM activity, and an awards ceremony.

Submit our Contact Form to find out more about STEM Stars.

STEM Stars is funded in part by United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Did you know?

According to the Center for Disease Control, African American women are over three times more likely to be murdered with a gun than white women.

Read more about YWCA's position on gun violence.

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