Girls Pursuing Science (GPS) is a social enterprise that empowers girls in STEAM-Science Technology Engineering Art and Math, through cosmetic chemistry and business development. GPS award-winning BOSS (Beauty of STEAM Series) curriculum engages girls in advanced STEAM and entrepreneurship through cosmetic chemistry and business development programs.
GPS began as a STEAM summer camp in 2012, Austin, Texas. Founded and led by a female Scientist, Jacquelyn Thomas, with a vision that we will live in a world where women are equally recognized and respected in all walks of life.
GPS has led over 5,000 young girls to science and kidpreneurship through our STEAM Studios and Summer Camps, where girls learn how professional-grade cosmetics are made, packaged, and sold. Girls make professional lip balms, lotions, perfume, and eye shadows, using advanced chemistry and applied mathematics, develop the product packaging using the engineering design process, and sell their products at GPS popup events. Girls have the opportunity to continue developing their products and growing their business by competition in the GPS annual pitch competition.
GPS powerful partnerships with parents, school districts, home school associations, community organizations, foundations, and corporate sponsors are the cornerstone to our success.
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Jacquelyn Thomas, CEO
Scientist, educator, and pioneer in STEM and STEAM education, Jacquelyn has been implementing STEM project-based programs since 2002! As the Executive Director and Founder of Kids In Technology, a 501(C) 3 nonprofit organization, she developed the Girls Pursuing Science program to engage girls in chemistry, math, and entrepreneurship during their elementary years.
Jacquelyn is a mom and STEM educator. Jacquelyn is awesome! To learn more about Jacquelyn’s journey, from starting her first all-girls club in 5th grade to creating an international STEAM ecosystem for girls, read her story.
We start each day with great enthusiasm to bring hands-on science opportunities to girls and watch the smiles that science brings. It was true when the first GPS program started in 2012, and it’s just as true today.
Back then, GPS was a weekly DIY cosmetic science summer camp with one location. GPS set out to be a different kind of company. One that took a different approach to learn STEAM, by making science and math relevant and bringing a feeling of connection.
Today, GPS has developed an award-winning STEAM curriculum, created cosmetic science kits, and built strong partnerships with schools, community organizations, and educators worldwide.
Our mission is to expand and improve STEAM enrichment education and learning opportunities that empower girls and expand diversity.