Overnights Encourage Girls’ Interest in Science-Related Careers

Kimberly A. Christman, Sara Hankemeier, Jennifer Hunter, Johnna Jennings, Debbie Moser, Sandy Stiles


With sell-out crowds and phenomenal research results, Science Siesta and Advanced Science Siesta are programs designed to change the traditional perceptions that girls have about science and science-related careers. Through hands-on science activities (in and out of the lab), and through working with local female scientists, girls who range from fourth to eighth grade are provided valuable opportunities to combat the stereotype that “girls can’t do science.” This article addresses the need to engage girls in science and explains “how-to” meet that need through the Science Siesta programs.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2008.322

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