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.

2017-2018 Sessions

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Registration Open

The Chemical World

Did you know that you can write with fire?  Or that a chemical reaction can release the energy in an ordinary Gummi Bear, creating an explosion?  Chemical reactions are all around us, even within your own body.  In this session, we’ll explore the nature of chemical reactions and how scientists use chemicals in our everyday lives.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Registration Closed

The Invisible World

Did you know that everything around you is made up of tiny particles that can’t be seen with even the most powerful microscopes?  In fact, at least 50 trillion particles from outer space pass through your body every second!  In this session, we’ll learn how scientists “see” these particles.  We’ll also explore the nature of light and its many forms.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Registration Closed

The Floating World

Have you ever wondered why some things sink and some things float? Is there a connection between you floating in a swimming pool and a balloon floating in the air? You will be able to discover the answers to these questions by doing hands on experiments, while recording and analyzing data in the same way a scientist does. Activities include: making your own device to measure volume, making a boat to determine how much it can carry without sinking, and using a blower to dispel your own handmade craft down a zip line and more!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Registration Closed

The Material World

Did you know that you can boil water with ice?  Or that you can turn the air we breathe into a liquid?  In this session, you will see matter behave in ways that you can’t even imagine!  You’ll also get a chance to explore the properties of an unknown substance.  Does it act like a solid, liquid, or a gas?  You be the judge!

Students will have the opportunity to observe faculty run demonstrations, as well as, participate in hands-on experiments. Please call (203) 432-0697 with any questions or concerns.

                                    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