The mission of Girls’ Science Investigations is to motivate, empower, and interest girls in developing the skills they need to pursue careers in science. University students and professors act as mentors and provide a context for exploring and understanding the various disciplines of science through hands-on activities in a laboratory environment. Through student scientific-engagement and parental awareness, Girls’ Science Investigations strives to close the gap in science found between males and females today.

It is a free program for girls in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade who are interested in learning more about science. All sessions run from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (with lunch and snacks provided to the students) in Sloane Physics Lab, 217 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

2019-2020 Sessions

The Geophysical World (April 4, 2020)


Shake, rattle, and roll is the action for today as we learn about the forces that move the earth’s crust. Have fun with “Seismic Slinkies”. Then, build an earthquake proof model house that can withstand the force of the Yale SHAKE table!

The World of Light (September 21, 2019)

Did you know that there is a connection between a rainbow and your reflection in a mirror? You can produce your own 3D images and write secret messages that can only be read using certain colored filters. Learn about light and color through your own hands-on investigations. See how light can be used to make electric currents flow. Play with optical illusions and make your own puzzling pictures. There is lots of fun to be had with the light!

The World of Sound (November 16, 2019)

Did you know you can’t hear anything in space? Do you know how your ear works to hear things? Learn why and more! See the same sounds you hear on an oscilloscope!

The Electronic World (February 8, 2020)

Have you ever opened up an old computer or cell phone and looked at the circuits inside? Have you thought about what all those little parts do? In this session, we’ll make paper circuits and play with resistors, light bulbs, LEDs and more. Come join us and make an interactive card for your favorite Valentine and a buzzing game to play with your friends!

Students will have the opportunity to observe faculty run demonstrations, as well as, participate in hands-on experiments. Please call (203) 432-0697 or email daphne.klemme@yale.edu with any questions or concerns or to be added to the email list (please include your daughter’s name and current grade).

Inspiring the girls of today to shape the science of tomorrow.

Marie Curie (November 7, 1867 – July 4, 1934)

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. - Marie Curie

Maria Goeppert-Mayer (June 28, 1906 – February 20, 1972)

On winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963: “Winning the prize wasn’t half as exciting as doing the work itself.” - Maria Goeppert-Mayer