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.

2018-2019 Sessions

The Robotic World (April 6, 2019)

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Have you ever wondered how a robot works?  In this session, we will learn how to design, build, and program robots.  We will also explore how robots fit into society, from the home to the medical field.

The Extra-Terrestrial World (September 22, 2018)

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Have you ever wondered if there’s life on other worlds? How do you find out about something so far away? In this session we will learn about different methods of probing other planets. You will experiment with lenses and build useful devices with them. You will also construct your own rocket that you can launch into the sky!

The Electromagnetic World (November 10, 2018)

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Jump into the static electric party! See lightning bolts. Do hands-on projects with sticking balloons, electrostatic fleas, and stored up charges that make super sparklers. Get in flow with electric circuits. Measure the electrical current in lemons. Create your own potato clock or lamp! Find your way with magnets. Build a strong electromagnet and explore the amazing properties of magnetic and electric fields. Be surprised by superconductivity and the inner workings of computers. This will be one great electromagnetic event!

The Classical to Quantum World (February 9, 2019)

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Did you know that if you throw a ball at a wall there is a very, very, very small chance it will simply pass right through it instead of bouncing off it? Do you think light is a particle or a wave? How can you tell? Physicists at the turn of the last century were startled to find that nature is not what it seemed. In this session we’ll explore all the wacky ways that Quantum mechanics actually best describes the world around us.

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