Girls At the Museum Exploring Science (GAMES)

Program Contact

Gianna Sullivan

gianna.sullivan@colorado.edu

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.

Academic Year Program

The GAMES program consists of six or more weekly after school meetings with the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (CU Museum) staff and CU Boulder student mentors. Participants will explore the sciences of archaeology, botany, entomology, paleontology and zoology through hands-on activities using real museum specimens, in-person tours, and virtual interaction with scientists and museum professionals. Scientific toolkits will be provided for the participants to keep as part of this program.

The culminating session is a Family Science Event where extended families are invited to support the students by coming together and enjoying a pizza dinner while participants present their work as part of the celebration.

Funding from CU Boulder’s Office for Outreach and Engagement 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 who qualify 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 museumed@colorado.edu

Summer Program

Moving On to Research Experience (MORE) will allow GAMES participants to extend and deepen their connection with the University of Colorado Boulder and science. During summer sessions, participants will meet at the CU Museum to go behind the scenes at the museum, meet with CU Boulder research scientists, venture out into the field, and create their own exhibit to be displayed at the museum. Students will experience the interdisciplinary nature of science and its natural overlap with art. This program is FREE to attend based on the same qualifications as GAMES. Bus passes, lunch and scientific tool kits will be provided. Email museumed@colorado.edu for more information.

  • GAMES (in person or virtual)

    Location

    in colorado

    Boulder

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    This multi-week program is offered each fall and spring. As of 2021 the program is available in a virtual format to more remote areas of Colorado. Please reach out to museumed@colorado.edu for more information.

  • Summer GAMES

    Location

    in colorado

    Boulder

    Dates

    6/14/2021 - 6/25/2021

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Summer GAMES offers two weeks of camp for students to engage more deeply with science and scientists. Reach out to museumed@colorado.edu for more information.

Sponsoring Units

  • Research Institutes

  • University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Program Partners

  • SciAll.org
  • Fiske Planetarium
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Jared Polis Foundation

Audiences Served

  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Rural Communities
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - Middle School
  • Youth Placed At Risk