Cincinnati Museum Center’s STEM Girls inspires tomorrow’s innovators

Free program connects women scientists, experts and mentors with aspiring young women

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) is working to bridge the gender gap in STEM fields and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and chemists with STEM Girls. The free program connects girls (and boys) ages 7 to 14 with local women STEM professionals through hands-on programming that showcases just how cool STEM fields can be. STEM Girls programs are available for registration now. 

As more careers utilize STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills, getting children interested early is critical for future success. This is especially important for young girls for whom science classes and careers are often not targeted. STEM Girls connects elementary and middle school-ages girls with STEM content in an engaging way that makes them eager to learn more. The program also introduces girls to women in STEM fields including biologists, chemists, nutritionists, data analysts, geologists and more, showing them that STEM fields really are for everyone.

Among the STEM Girls offerings this summer and fall are an opportunity to learn about manufacturing and technology with northern Kentucky-based Balluff, Inc. The program invites Balluff engineers to CMC and also takes participants to Balluff’s facility to meet industry professionals and see them in action. The University of Cincinnati’s Department of Biological Sciences will invite future scientists into their Morehouse Lab to study jumping spiders and their unique abilities and characteristics. STEM Girls will also take participants to The Cincinnati Nature Center and invite them to spend the night at Union Terminal for an overnight STEM adventure filled with experiments and science in action.

STEM Girls programs fill up fast but you can be among the first to know by signing up for the email list at cincymuseum.org/stem-girls.

All STEM Girls programs are free but space is limited and registration is required. For a full list of programs or to register, visit cincymuseum.org/stem-girls. You can also register by phone by calling (513) 287-7001.

STEM Girls is made possible through the generous support of Chemed, Ashland, General Motors and Millipore Sigma. Special thanks to STEM Girls partner The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

MEDIA CONTACT: Cody Hefner (513) 287-7054, chefner@cincymuseum.org

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About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of a select few museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.