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®.
Cosmetic Chemistry Creates Girl Scientists
Cosmetic chemistry? What’s that? It is the path to more girls pursuing science. Yes, the make-up, bath products, and perfumes young women love to use is all a byproduct of chemistry. To create more girl scientists, we need to show students not only what chemistry is, but also illuminate the end product it creates. Starting as early as pre-school, educators plant the idea that learning is fun.
The Science of Color: Black and Brown Girls in STEM
If current statistics provide any indication, the idea of black and brown girls in STEM seems far-fetched. Look at any data report out there, and you’ll find that women remain underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math. According to a recent census report, only 24% of women in the workforce make their living in STEM careers.  That number is astounding.