Program Details: Open to the public

Girls At the Museum Exploring Science (GAMES)

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 after school visits to the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (CU Museum). While at the Museum, the girls explore the sciences of archaeology, botany, entomology, paleontology, and zoology through hands-on activities using real museum specimens and direct interaction with scientists and museum professionals. At the end of the six weeks, families of participants are invited to the museum for a pizza dinner and exploration (Transportation and/or parking and dinner for families are included).

In addition to the sessions, the Museum provides transportation to and from school, snacks, follow-up activities, and tool kits for the girls.
Funding from CU Outreach and the Jared Polis Foundation allows us to offer the program free of charge to schools that meet our guidelines for % 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

MORE GAMES - "Moving On to Research Experience" will allow GAMES participants to extend and deepen their connection with the University of Colorado and science.
Summer 2019: MORE GAMES for Middle School Girls at the CU Museum. Join us to go behind the scenes at the museum, meet with CU research scientists, venture out into the field, and create your own exhibit to be displayed at the museum. This summer we are studying birds, including a visit to a field site where barn swallows are being tagged for a research project on cognition in birds. 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. Please check back in March of 2020 to learn what the topic will be.

This is a public program and there is no fee to attend. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • Bruce Curtis Building (Museum Collections)
  • CU Museum (Henderson Building)
  • Museum of Natural History

In Colorado

  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Lafayette

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Impact on Education
  • Jared Polis Foundation

Sponsoring Units

Research Institutes & Centers

  • University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Program Contact

Cathy Regan
Education Coordinator

Program Categories


  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Climate Change
  • Education (K-12)
  • Geology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Science
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Program Types:

  • After School Activity/Instruction
  • Summer Program for K-12 (Not Camp)


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

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