Play Like a Girl delivers a coordinated four-year program experience customized by grade:

Scholars kick off their four-year Play Like a Girl experience with a summer camp focused on developing core STEM+ knowledge and skills while also making connections to other students in a supportive environment with informal mentoring and exposure to women role models in the field. Scholars also participate in enrichment activities like sports clinics and fall/spring break camps designed to build upon the summer camp experience, strengthen confidence, and sharpen skills.

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Scholars return for a second summer and continue regular monthly engagements including our STEM+ Saturday makerspace workshops throughout the subsequent school year. This program exposes Scholars to hands-on STEM education opportunities, a broadly integrated curriculum and a deepening mentorship experience, all designed to help Scholars tap into their own ingenuity, innovation and engineering design skills.

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In year 3, Scholars meet weekly for 90-minute group mentoring sessions with inspiring women role models and mentors using a confidence-building curriculum based on our 10 Play Like a Girl principles. Scholars also visit local colleges and participate in field trips to companies where they meet diverse women and men engaged in STEM+ careers. Scholars start to build the bridge between middle and high school as they set goals and plan for the future.

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Scholars gain experience creating technology solutions to address real-world problems in monthly workshops that bring mentees and mentors together for guided building exercises. Scholars also meet bi-weekly for one-on-one mentoring sessions to discuss such topics as high school course selection, financial literacy, and other subjects of particular importance to pre-teen girls. In the final semester, Scholars complete a capstone project as part of our annual Corporate STEM+ Challenge.

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Play Like a Girl alumnae participate in the annual Girls Rock STEM+ Summit as well as serve as mentors, guest speakers and interns in our programs. Alumnae are also eligible to apply to the Dr. Stephanie Hightower Memorial Scholarship presented annually to young women from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds who are pursuing a degree in STEM+ or medicine at an historically black college or university (HBCU).

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Play Like a Girl is building a diverse pipeline of young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM+) related careers.

No matter what your girl decides to do when she grows up, STEM+ will play a huge role in her future. Our programs provide a best-in-class Play Like a Girl experience uniquely designed to provide middle school girls with educational opportunities and practical support to stay on a challenging academic track through high school and pursue post-secondary educational options leading to a career in STEM+.

Play Like a Girl’s flagship program uses short-term, group mentoring to expose girls to a multitude of women role models and mentors in a variety of settings and formats including sports clinics, summer camps, afterschool clubs, makerspace workshops, industry field trips, and college visits. Scholars enjoy four incredible years at Play Like a Girl, learning to code, training as future scientists, and investigating cyber crimes among other things–all while making new friends and building their confidence and critical 21st Century leadership skills.

* Use of the “+” symbol with the acronym (i.e., STEM+) denotes any new disciplines or approaches integrated into or underpinning the four main STEM disciplines. We also use the “+” symbol to express our commitment to building a robust community for girls and women with a shared passion for sport and STEM.