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Academic Year Program

Girls At the Museum Exploring Science (GAMES) is a unique program designed to encourage interest and excitement about science in 4th and 5th grade girls. The program consists of six weekly virtual after school meetings with the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (CU Museum) staff and CU Boulder student mentors. The girls will explore the sciences of archaeology, botany, entomology, paleontology and zoology through hands-on activities using real museum specimens and virtual interaction with scientists and museum professionals. Scientific toolkits will be provided for the girls to use in their homes as part of this program.

At the end of the six weeks, the girls, their families and staff will have a virtual pizza dinner, with the museum delivering pizza to each family. The girls will present some of their work at the celebration. 

In addition to the sessions the museum will provide follow up activities.

Funding from CU Boulder Outreach Award and the Jared Polis Foundation allows us to offer the program free of charge to schools that meet our guidelines for having a percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch programs.

Girls participate as a cohort from a single school. If you would like girls from your school to participate, please send an email to Gianna Sullivan.

Summer Program

“Moving On to Research Experience” (MORE) will allow GAMES participants to extend and deepen their connection with the University of Colorado and science. In Summer 2021, our plan is to have Middle School Girls at the CU Museum. Join us to go behind the scenes at the museum, meet with CU Boulder research scientists, venture out into the field, and create your own exhibit to be displayed at the museum.  We have introduced a scientific illustration component to encourage interest in both science and art. This program is FREE to attend based on the same qualifications as GAMES. Bus passes, lunch and scientific tool kits will be provided. Registration is open now, by filling out the form on this page.

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