Book Talk: CROW FLIGHT with author Susan Cunningham (April 14, 2019)

A few weeks ago, Susan Cunningham, author of Crow Flight, led an afternoon of writing, science and fun at Tattered Cover. Susan shared how her background in science has fueled her writing career, giving special attention to the intelligence of crows and the magic of computer modeling. Attendees engaged in creative exercises and got their book signed!

Documentary Screening: CODE, Debugging the Gender Gap

One month ago, Girls in STEM partnered with Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Rocky Mountain to provide a free screening of the documentary: CODE, Debugging the Gender Gap at the Cable Center. Following the screening, we had break-out sessions for both professionals and students provided by Turing where the youngest attendees were able to ask lots of questions to professional women in STEM.

We ended the evening with an inspiring panel discussion of professional women from WICT, Girls in STEM Denver, and Turing, including Shelly Souza, Barbara Nelms, Kukis Moran, and July Tran.

See the pictures of this fantastic event, below.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering

Help girls invent their futures by sharing the amazing things engineers do and inviting them to participate in fun and engaging engineering activities.

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According to DiscoverE, an organization that helps unite, mobilize, and support the engineering and technology volunteer communities, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) is an opportunity for volunteers and educators to “help girls imagine themselves making a difference in the world.”

At Girls in STEM Denver, we are committed to create numerous pathways for middle school and high school girls to explore various STEM industries and careers. Because the numbers and facts don’t lie and there is a lot of work to be done, our programs have a strong focus in Engineering. Take for example some of the activities we have organized for this school year:

Throughout the fall semester, our high school girls learned about the bioengineering industry and got an inside peek at a local bioengineering company located in Littleton: 3D Systems Healthcare. Learn more, here.

On March 12, our Campus Middle School members will explore the field of Aerospace Engineering by taking a field trip to a revolutionary company: Boom.

March is also an engineering filled month for our members at DSST College View High School with two fabulous guest speakers:

  • Courtney Gallo, Production Engineer in the Niobrara field with background in Conventional Light & Viscous Oil Reservoirs on the North Slope of Alaska.

  • Ale Spray, Marketing and Business Development professional with over 20 years of experience in the Engineering/Construction industry.

Last but not least, on March 28 our Fox Ridge Middle School members will welcome Burns & McDonnell. One of their environmental scientists will explain what consulting engineering is and what a focus on environmental engineering means.

Keep an eye on our blogs and social media channels to learn more about our efforts to inspire girls to explore engineering and technology careers.

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2018 Gingerbread Bridge Competition!

Exactly one year after Girls in STEM teams competed in our first Gingerbread Bridge Competition, we had two new middle school teams compete this year against high school, college, and professional teams in the annual competition hosted by the Structural Engineers Association of Colorado (SEAC).

The teams this year were from Campus Middle School and North Arvada Middle School. The bridges were judged in two categories: Architectural Design and Structural Load.


For structural judging, every bridge was put through the load tester until it cracked under the weight. Everyone took a bite afterwards to prove the bridges were in fact edible!


Thank you to the wonderful parents, professional mentors, sponsors, and SEAC for making this possible!

3rd Annual Mocktail Networking Social

This year we were excited to partner with Women in Aviation International (WAI) for our 3rd annual Mocktail Networking Social on October 26th! Read on to learn about the amazing women who joined us to share their story and network with our high school girls.

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Keynote Speaker: Anne Kollar

Ms Anne Kollar is a Pilot for the Wyoming Air National Guard and SkyWest Airlines.

She has been a part of the Air National Guard for 13 years and started her aviation track immediately following High School. Anne has volunteered her service for both the Enlisted and Officer side of the Air National Guard. Her first six years in service were as a F-16 mechanic for the Colorado Air National Guard and later commissioned with Wyoming to become a C130H pilot for the 187 Airlift Squadron. Anne has deployed with each Guard Unit once; first in 2007 for Operation Enduring Freedom (Balad, Iraq) and in 2017 for Operation Inherent Resolve (Ali-Al Salem, Kuwait). During her time Enlisted she completed a Bachelor’s of Science at Metropolitan State University of Denver in Aviation Technology.

Ms Kollar also flies for SkyWest Airlines and is a First Officer on the CRJ 200 & 700 out of Denver. She continues to express her enthusiasm for aviation with those around her by volunteering for air shows, speaking at events, and mentoring new pilot candidates for the Wyoming Air National Guard.


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Thanks so much for your support!

Brews for a Cause

On Saturday, Oct. 20, Zuni Street Brewing Company, a family-friendly venue, helped Girls in STEM get closer to our goal of opening a new chapter at DSST College View HS in an underserved community by donating 10% of all drink sales from 4-7pm to our organization! Attendees were engaged and supportive of our cause while having a great time socializing and making music with fruit and a Raspberry Pi computer.

Additionally, Josh Kumin of Discover STEM ran a successful fundraiser through Facebook to benefit our programs.

Thank you all for your invaluable support!

*Remember that you can always support Girls in STEM by making a big or small donation on our website, participating in our events, and shopping through Amazon Smile.

Digital Citizenship Event @ Microsoft

On Sept. 29, Microsoft hosted a group of Girls in STEM members from our middle school chapters to learn about digital citizenship, presentation skills, and storytelling through 3D animation. At the end, the girls had a chance to share what they learned about digital citizenship and 3D modeling through individual and group presentations.

2017 Gingerbread Bridge Competition!

On Nov. 17, three Girls in STEM middle school teams competed against high school, college, and professional teams in the Structural Engineers Association of Colorado (SEAC) Young Member Group's annual Gingerbread Bridge Competition.

The bridges were judged in two categories: Architectural Design and Structural Load.

All of our teams did a fantastic job building strong, creative bridges. Many thanks to the wonderful parents, professional mentors, sponsors, and SEAC for making this possible.

Check out their amazing bridges and results below:


STEM Middle School


Team: Jaclyn Breaslain, Sophia Breaslain, Liz Phillips

Sponsor: Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE)

Campus Middle School

"Campus MACC Girls"

1st Place Student Architectural Design

Team: Melina Proestos, Abby Schwartz, Carly Proestos, Chloe White

Sponsor: Martin/Martin

Goddard Middle School

"The Hallways of Goddard Middle School"

3rd Place People’s Choice

5th Place Structural Load (Total Load: 476.4lbs, Load/Weight Ratio: 73.3)

Team: Morgan Divita, Grace Ahles, Lily Ahles, Sophie Franzen, Emily Lewis

Sponsor: Ascent Group Inc.

Congratulations to all the teams! We look forward to participating again next year. Will you join us?

2nd Annual Mocktail Social - THANK YOU!

Find Your Confidence & Super Power; Become Your Own Wonder Woman

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, dozens of professional women in STEM and high school students gathered for an evening of inspiration & networking over empanadas and Wonder Woman themed mocktails. In addition to mentoring and networking activities, attendees got to have fun in a Wonder Woman photo booth and have their formal headshots taken throughout the evening.

This year's keynote speaker was Katica Roy, CEO and co-founder of Denver-based Pipeline, a SaaS company that leverages artificial intelligence to identify and drive economic gains through gender equity. Katica is driven by a passion to eradicate economic inequality and champions the rights of refugees, women, and children. See her full bio here.

Thank you to everyone for coming out and being a part of our community.

Shout out to Kristi Steinhilber, our Event Planner, for all her hard work for a successful 2017 Mocktail Social! And a huge thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the event:

Karen Ramon
Kalyn Eshleman
Michelle Lim
Rocio Almanza-Guillen
Molly Hayes
Jessica O'Neale
Sara Persily
Rebecca Evrard
Emily Fitzgerald
Amy Cecil
Emily Singer

Special thanks to Jesus & Victor Hernandez of Aloft Xposure for volunteering their time and skills to take professional headshots during the event.


Finally, THANK YOU to our event sponsors - we couldn't have done it without you!


Help your friend of a friend in Mexico

In the early afternoon of September 19th, a massive earthquake hit Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puebla, and Morelos. In Mexico City alone, more than 200 people died, more than 3000 buildings suffered damage, and thousands had to evacuate their homes.

These stories might not feel personal, seem far from you, and maybe you don't know anyone in those places. Or perhaps you would like to know who exactly gets your donation.

Girls in STEM Social Media Coordinator Rocío Almanza-Guillen has created a YouCaring campaign to help a small network of immediate friends and friends of friends, at only 1 or 2 degrees of separation from you.

The funds collected will help 5 families, including Rocío's sister's, with expenses related to home repairs or to alleviate the expenses of their temporary housing situation.

As weeks go by and reality sets in, families start realizing how much they need to start rebuilding their lives. Your donation will help them to keep going.

Now, we are connected. Muchas gracias amigos!

1st Annual Golf Tournament

Thank you to everyone who came out for a fun day – all of our players, sponsors and donors. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

 Equinox Counseling, LLC  

 Evelyn & Jim Rogers 

 Melissa Sampson 

 Schaeffer Energy, LLC 

 Encore Electric (Mark Fischbach) 

 Raymond & Jan Patschke Living Trust 

 Brunetti Family Charitable Foundation (Wayne & Molly) 

 Keltner Family Foundation 

 Dianne & Don Hunt 

 Kay & Sol Raso 

 Michelle Feavel 

Summer Coding Camp Highlights

Girls is STEM was thrilled to be able to provide this low-cost camp ($25 for two days) in partnership with uCodeGirl through a grant from the National Girls Collaborative Project.

This was a wonderful opportunity for middle school girls to build confidence and learn how to code in Scratch without any prior experience. Each student was able to create something personal and meaningful while applying universal computational thinking concepts in their projects. Along the way, we got to know each other and help each other out. And on the last day, every single girl got up and presented her work in front of her teachers and peers.

Variations on a Jukebox. Made from scratch, with Scratch!

Variations on a greeting card. Made from scratch, with Scratch!

Did you know? Scratch is a "Turing complete" programming language, which means it has the ability to execute any possible algorithm.

Before diving into the code, however - students got a thorough introduction to the history of computer science (including plenty of inspiring women) and what it's like to be in the software industry today. We then took some time to reflect on our goals and interests by visualizing them on a dream board:

We also practiced collaborative problem-solving and communication — crucial skills for successful software development — by working together to untangle messy human knots:

At the end of camp, each girl was awarded an official certificate of completion, and we celebrated our new friendships and accomplishments!

Special thanks to Betty Gronneberg, founder of uCodeGirl, who travelled from North Dakota to teach this camp.

Girls in STEM @ SheTech


Congratulations to our members from the North Arvada Middle School chapter, who won a laptop from NFP PC's for People and a $500 scholarship as part of the winning TechChallenge team!

The winning team also got to attend the Women in Tech Conference with Lt. Gov Donna Lynne.


Girls in STEM was invited to participate in the Inaugural SheTech Explorer event hosted by Colorado Technology Association on June 8th. High School girls explored various technologies with hands-on activities and participated in design challenges. We truly believe it is important for girls to have these types of experiences to learn, be inspired and understand that a career in STEM is attainable! Thank you to CTA for providing this exciting and fun opportunity! See one of our girls share her thoughts with channel 7 News in the clip above.


"She Started It!" Screening & Panel Discussion

Girls in STEM was excited to partner with Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) for a screening of She Started It >>

...a documentary following five young women entrepreneurs through their challenges and successes in the tech start-up world.

After the screening, Girls in STEM members were able to participate with professionals in a panel discussion and speed networking exercises.

Crack the Code @ the State Capitol

Girls in STEM was proud to be part of

a Girls TECH Education & Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

Why does TECH education matter to you?

Middle and high school girls got an inside look at our local government, the chance to tell legislators why access to tech is important to them, and a private tour of the Capitol.

Hosted by GalvanizeCareerWise Colorado and Girls Inc. of Metro Denver.