How Young Women Succeed in STEAM
The Girls Pursuing Science objective is to introduce girls to chemistry and commerce through creativity and cosmetics.
GPS programs are relevant to today’s lifestyle-driven economy, so future leaders have the skill sets necessary to thrive in the marketplace. Girls start with cosmetic chemistry, using professional grade cosmetic substances to make personalized lip balm, bath fizzes, shower gel, and perfume. After the initial fun and learning, girls create a business plan to market and sell their products.
The STEAM content includes research activities, software applications, engineering, digital art, and applied mathematics. The GPS curriculum is based on Common Core and National Science Standards.
Making STEAM Fun
GPS guides girls through the science, math, and formulations of cosmetics, and includes beauty formulations to make their own personalized bath and body products using all five STEAM academic concepts. Girls also learn business development concepts that inspire creativity. Our students explore small business basics, such as budgeting, planning, and marketing, and developing skill sets to make sound decisions.
Although GPS programs are packed with excitement, each experiment is a real science experiment guaranteed to engage girls in STEAM academics.
Girls become engaged in scientific inquiry, building their analytical skills, creative thinking, and reasoning abilities. The experiments are simple. However, they are very real and are written the way real scientists actually perform experiments in the laboratory.
Engage. Educate. Enjoy. That’s the beauty of science®.
October 3, 2015 American Graduate Day
GPS Teams Prep for 2015 STEM Competition
First GPS-Elite STEM Competition Team (2014-2015)
The History of GPS
As one of the pioneering organizations in STEM, our parent company Kids In Technology saw the need to create a special program for girls. Introducing Girls Pursuing Science.
In June 2014, Girls Pursuing Science (GPS) launched its first summer academy as a division of Kids In Technology. We began our journey in two locations, Mississippi and North Carolina. Both academies sold out and ended with great successes.
According to one student, D. Johnson from Leland, High School: “I am still selling my products… I started my own business after our GPS Summer Academy ended.”
GPS continued in the fall of 2015, implementing the first STEAM Studio at Druid Hills Academy in Charlotte, NC. This academy started with 15 novice 5th -7th grade girls who pursued science and found it.
The academy at Druid Hills were winners in the 2015 STEM Competition, and took 2nd Place in Robotics and Health Care Divisions—a competition that included older and more advanced students.
GPS continues to win victories for our girls, receiving the “Best Community Connection” Award from WTVI Charlotte and earning the title of “American Graduate Champion” by the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS).
We’re not stopping any time soon.