Sisters in Science

Sisters in Science is a program designed to address the social and environmental barriers girls encounter and increase women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Through research based innovations, cultural/ethnic connections with students in an urban community, art, sisterhood and best program practices, Sisters in Science offers earlier access to science education to maintain girls’ interests in science that will foster continued participation in STEM education in middle school, high school and beyond.

Sisters in Science was developed by a single mother, Lisette Velasquez, employeed at the New Britain Youth Museum, who's daughter was entering 5th and had a love for science. Remembering her own disappointments in science classes when girls were less encouraged in the sciences, Lisette Velasquez set out to empower girls like her daughter who developmentally would begin to make stronger decision about who they are as young women and what educational and career choices they would want to pursue. Thus, Sisters In Science was born. The program currently serves grades 4, 5, 6, and 7. Seventh grade students serve as peer mentors as funding to expand the program is limited.

Program Contact Info
First Name: 
Lisette
Last Name: 
Velasquez
Title: 
Program coordinator and instructor
Location: 
30 High
New Britain, CT 06051
United States
Fax: 860-229-4982
Program Details
Year Established: 
2012
Affiliation: 
4-H
Program Focus: 
General Science
Program Focus: 
Technology
Program Focus: 
Engineering
Program Focus: 
Math
Program Focus: 
Computer Science
Program Focus: 
Humanities
Program Focus: 
Arts
Girls served annually: 
30
Boys served annually: 
0
Does your program focus on serving youth with disabilities?: 
No
Organization Info
Organization Contact Info
Title: 
Executive Director, MD Women's Heritage Center
Location: 
30 High
United States
Fax: 4107670431
Slug: 
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Available Resources/Activities
workshops/classes/training
volunteers
girls interested in STEM
computer access
Collaboration Interests
working with similar organizations
working with K-12 schools
working with informal organizations
working with higher education
sponsorship
sharing resources
providing in-kind support
joint event planning
curriculum development
Populations Served
urban
middle/junior
low income
elementary
diversity focus
at-risk
Needed Resources/Activities
professional development
mentoring
job shadowing
funding/sponsorship
evaluation/assessment services
equipment donations
computer access