Girls At the Museum Exploring Science (GAMES)

Program Contact

Gianna Sullivan

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

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. In Summer 2021, our plan is to host Middle School girls 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. 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. Email: for more information.

  • GAMES program


    Online Resource



    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. Beginning in 2021 the program will be available in a virtual format to more remote areas of Colorado. Please reach out to for more information.

  • Summer GAMES


    In Colorado



    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 for more information.

Sponsoring Units

  • Research Institutes

  • University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Program Partners

  • Fiske Planetarium
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Jared Polis Foundation

Audiences Served

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