The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Complex in New York City is now accepting applications for girls to its summer STEM program.
The GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive is a free six-week program for eighth and ninth grade girls. Fifty girls are selected to participate in hands-on experiences, field trips, and conversations with influential women currently in STEM fields. The program focuses on aerospace science, Earth science, and engineering; providing a range of study that appeals to different student interests.
Designed to foster critical-thinking skills; social and emotional development; and parent/guardian support, the GOALS program is particularly targeted to girls from high-need, low-income areas. Some of the benefits of the summer workshop include:
- Lunch every day at the Intrepid
- Metro Cards are provided to and from the museum
- Two GOALS t-shirts to wear on field trips
- Networking opportunities with women STEM professionals
- Improved academic, collaborative, and public speaking skills
- The chance to make friends with peers
- Continued learning through weekend forums throughout the school year
Eligibility for the program is attending a New York City school; being a girl in eighth or ninth grade; and a willingness to commit to the six weeks as well as weekend experiences during the school year.
Some of the activities from last year’s program saw adventurous girls dissecting a sheep’s brain; extracting and visualizing their own DNA at Rockefeller University; sailing on a schooner at the South Street Seaport; and even rock climbing and rappelling off a 60-foot wall. The summer’s program ended with a sleepover party on the Intrepid’s vast and famous hangar deck.
Applications can be downloaded or completed online. Students have the option of having a teacher also provide a recommendation. Applications are due March 20th. The program officially kicks-off on July 10th.