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Girls in STEM

About Girls in STEM: Each summer, the Museum of Discovery offers free one-week workshops for girls ages 12-16.  The purpose of Girls in STEM is to give participants an opportunity to explore STEM careers with hands-on activities led by female STEM professionals, ultimately encouraging them to continue their STEM studies and even pursue STEM careers.  The Museum of Discovery has made this a priority as there continues to be a gender gap in STEM careers with men outnumbering women.

Summer 2022 Girls in STEM:

North Little Rock at Pulaski Tech
June 6-10 (New Girls Only)
June 13-17 (New and Returning Girls)
June 20-24 (New and Returning Girls)
June 27- July 1 (Returning Girls Only)
Application for New Girls 
Application for Returning Girls 

Conway at University of Central Arkansas
July 25-29 (New and Returning Girls)
Application for New Girls
Application for Returning Girls

*Due to a lack of interest, the Girls in STEM in Blytheville has been canceled. 

In the spring of 2020, we compiled data; surveys; and interviews from Girls in STEM participants from over the years to determine the impact of the program, this is what we we learned: Girls in STEM’s Impact 

For more information on participating or serving as a mentor, email Grace Griffiths at

Click here to financially support and help grow Girls in STEM



Launched by Lyda Hill Philanthropies, the IF/THEN® Initiative is a nationwide effort to advance women innovators in STEM fields and inspire the next generation of girls. The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) has partnered with the IF/THEN® Initiative to galvanize the efforts of science centers and museums to increase the number of women STEM professionals depicted within their institutions’ exhibit and educational content. ASTC awarded $3,000 to the Museum of Discovery to expand Girls in STEM, for girls to conduct engineering activities for museum guests.

If/Then Activity- Microbe Exploration 

If/Then Activity- Lava Lamp Reactions

If/Then Activity- Straw Rocket and Bottle Launcher

If/Then Activity- Pasta Bridges

If/Then Activity- Polymer Bouncy Balls

If/Then Activity- Muscular System Hand

We are very thankful for our corporate sponsors.