Science Club for Girls
About the Organization
Science Club for Girls is an organization that runs free after-school STEM clubs for elementary and middle school girls. Their mission is "to increase the self-confidence and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) of K-12th grade girls belonging to groups that are underrepresented in these fields, through free programs that include hands-on learning, mentorship, and leadership opportunities. Girls work with mentor-scientists who model and foster leadership, affirm college as an expectation, and promote careers in science and technology as goals and options." (Taken from SCFG website)
My Role & Motivation
I served as a "mentor-scientist" for a semester. As such, I led an after-school science club for second-grade girls at Amigos Elementary School a few hours every week. I mentored two 7th grade girls as well, by giving them leadership roles in the club and talking about careers and education in engineering. The focus of our science club that semester was color and light. We had group discussions and did hands-on activities such as paper chromatography to learn about these concepts.
I hope to inspire the next generation of girls to become scientists and engineers, and I appreciate the organization's dedication to giving access to underprivileged communities by making their services free and all-volunteer. At that age, all little girls want to be veterinarians (for the adorable animals!) not engineers, but I was happy just to get them excited about science, learning, and asking questions about the world.