Opportunity for Girls 7th – 12th grades

The Science Center of Iowa (SCI) continues to offer STEM-related opportunities for 4-H youth.  The following opportunity comes to us from Sara Kobilka at SCI for girls in grades 7-12.  

This is the Science Center of Iowa’s third annual dinner for girls, renamed Meals with Mentors. This event is part of SCI’s Girls in Science Initiative and will take place on Friday, November 15, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.   This opportunity is only for students and the rest of Science Center of Iowa will be closed during the event.  Attendees will be served a delicious meal and will have multiple opportunities to interact directly with female STEM professionals from a variety of walks of life. There will be no cost to the students attending the event (free parking is available during the event for students and chauffeurs).  Each table will have 2 scientists from the sponsoring company, 5 students in grades 7-12 and one undergraduate studying for a STEM career. Past sponsors have included Monsanto, Pioneer, John Deere, Kemin and Iowa Health (now UnityPoint Health). A local science professor will speak about her research and what led her into her particular field. This, in combination with the varied background of other attendees, will give students a chance to get learn about the wide variety of STEM careers available.

There is a short application form for the girls who are interested in attending to fill out on their computer and email back to (or mail if they are unable to email it).   All of the students need to be confirmed by November 1.   Applications will be selected on a first come, first-served basis. Once all of the spaces have been filled, any other students will be added to a waiting list in case of cancellations. Preference will be given to girls who did NOT attend the dinner in previous years. However, prior attendees are welcome to submit an application to be placed on the waiting list. Last year, there were a number of attendees that canceled at the last minute.

Click here for the application!

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