We are Sisters in STEM

S.I.S. currently reaches 5th grade girls with a strong interest in science in the Reading School District. We are working to increase our reach to more girls in the greater Reading area.

Do you attend 4th or 5th grade in the greater Reading area? Are you interested in Science?  Would you like to become a Sister in STEM?  Click below to fill out an application:

Explore

Girls will explore the numerous different exciting areas of STEM

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Mentor

Not only will girls be mentored but they will also be the mentor to visitors to the Reading Science Center.

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Participate

participate in a wide range of hands on STEM activities

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Inspire

Females in Science

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Encourage

Girls will gain confidence.

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Partner

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Participate

participate in a wide range of hands on STEM activities

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Partner

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"Empower young women & they will change the world."

Our goal is to excite,  encourage, educate and foster a love for science in young girls. Building this foundation of love for science will inspire each girl to want to continue their education in STEM related courses, eventually leading to more women in STEM jobs. 

In 2019, women accounted for 27% of workers in STEM-qualified industries. Women made, on average, 19% less than men in STEM-qualified industries in 2019.

Women remain underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce, although to a lesser degree than in the past, with the greatest disparities occurring in engineering, computer science, and the physical sciences

Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs. This has been the case throughout the past decade, even as college educated women have increased their share of the overall workforce.

Interested in supporting
G.IR.L.S. / S.I.S.?

¿Te encanta STEM? ¿Quiere ser un miembro voluntario fundador que nos ayude a generar el impulso para nuestro año inaugural del Reading Science Center #RDGsci, ubicado en Penn Street en el centro de Reading?

¡Queremos tu ayuda! Tal vez tenga una hora para realizar recorridos de conducción, tal vez tenga fines de semana y horas después de la escuela para enseñar en nuestro laboratorio celular; lo que sea que tenga para ofrecer en tiempo y talento, le buscaremos un trabajo voluntario que pueda ayudarnos a hacer el primer trabajo del condado de Berks. Reading Science Center un gran éxito comunitario.

Explore

The girls will learn more about STEM areas of science including Chemistry, Energy, Biology, Botany, Marine Biology, Astronomy, Molecular Biology, and Hydrology to name a few. They will also have the opportunity to engage with female scientists doing work in these fields of science.

Mentor

Girls will be mentored in our weekly meetings by local female college students studying the sciences as well as adult volunteers. Also, girls will have the opportunity to mentor guests visiting the Reading Science Center by sharing what they have learned.

Empower

Through cultivating new relationships with mentors, leaders, and real life scientists, the girls will be introduced to a variety of sciences. They will build confidence to continue their educational journey in STEM related areas of study and ultimately their careers in STEM.

Inspire

Girls will research, learn from, and be inspired by strong women of science from the past, present, and future.

Encourage

Girls will become familiar with practices that support their growth in self-confidence. Girls will work through the scientific process and utilize problem solving skills which can then be applies to any facet of life. They will learn through failure.

Partner

To find out how you can partner with the S.I.S. program email liz.lally@rdgsci.org

Women Who Inspire Us

Gabriel Fernández-Cuervo, Ph.D.

Gabriel Fernández-Cuervo, Ph.D. – A chemical biology scientist who received the majority of her training in Puerto Rico. She is currently based out of San Francisco, California, but we could potentially use Zoom as a resource to contact her?? She is mainly focused on addressing biological questions that could improve global health with concentration in underdeveloped communities.

Anila Yadavalli Ph.D.

Anila Yadavalli Ph.D. – A MathCEP Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota who teaches math to students and tries to make it enjoyable for people who struggle in that area.

Lesley Jonas-Nartey

Lesley Jonas-Nartey – A technology delivery lead and consultant who assists businesses as they adjust to new, more innovative ways of working. She also works alongside the healthcare system to help solve problems.

Valerie Thomas

Valerie Thomas is an African American scientist and inventor best known for her patented illusion transmitter and contributions to NASA research.

Dr. Rebecca Crumpler

Dr. Rebecca Crumpler was the first African American woman to earn an M.D. degree.  Her ‘Book of Medical Discourses’ is one of the very first medical publications by an African American.

Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O.

Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., was the first African American woman to be appointed dean of an American medical school

Teal Potter

Teal Potter – A soil ecologist who studies farming practices and how the microbial communities impact the success of crops. She is based out of Washington State, but could potentially be contacted virtually as well.

Maryam Zaringhalam Ph.D

Maryam Zaringhalam Ph.D. – Was a molecular biologist (studying RNA biology), but is now devoted to working with science policy. She has completed her Ph.D. in 2017 at Rockefeller University, and is currently based out of D.C. She manages a blog and advocates that science should be, “open, inclusive, and accessible by dismantling racism, patriarchy, and oppressive societal norms.”

Mary “Missy” Cummings

Mary “Missy” Cummings – A professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. She was also one of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots and now works with brain sciences and robotics.

Jacqueline K. Barton

Barton discovered that DNA conducts electric current but not as well — or not at all — when its tight organization is disrupted by damage from certain chemicals or mutations. That finding should allow researchers to look for mutations, using chips made of strands of DNA attached to gold on silicon wafers. Barton is investigating whether nature has developed tactics to cope with such damage: “Are there important sites that are insulated? Where are electrons funneled? This makes us think about DNA in an entirely new way.”

Women Who Inspire Us

Valerie Thomas

Valerie Thomas is an African American scientist and inventor best known for her patented illusion transmitter and contributions to NASA research.

Mary “Missy” Cummings

Mary “Missy” Cummings – A professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. She was also one of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots and now works with brain sciences and robotics.

Jacqueline K. Barton

Barton discovered that DNA conducts electric current but not as well — or not at all — when its tight organization is disrupted by damage from certain chemicals or mutations. That finding should allow researchers to look for mutations, using chips made of strands of DNA attached to gold on silicon wafers. Barton is investigating whether nature has developed tactics to cope with such damage: “Are there important sites that are insulated? Where are electrons funneled? This makes us think about DNA in an entirely new way.”

Anila Yadavalli Ph.D.

Anila Yadavalli Ph.D. – A MathCEP Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota who teaches math to students and tries to make it enjoyable for people who struggle in that area.

Teal Potter

Teal Potter – A soil ecologist who studies farming practices and how the microbial communities impact the success of crops. She is based out of Washington State, but could potentially be contacted virtually as well.

Women Who Inspire Us

Jacqueline K. Barton

Barton discovered that DNA conducts electric current but not as well — or not at all — when its tight organization is disrupted by damage from certain chemicals or mutations. That finding should allow researchers to look for mutations, using chips made of strands of DNA attached to gold on silicon wafers. Barton is investigating whether nature has developed tactics to cope with such damage: “Are there important sites that are insulated? Where are electrons funneled? This makes us think about DNA in an entirely new way.”

Maryam Zaringhalam Ph.D

Maryam Zaringhalam Ph.D. – Was a molecular biologist (studying RNA biology), but is now devoted to working with science policy. She has completed her Ph.D. in 2017 at Rockefeller University, and is currently based out of D.C. She manages a blog and advocates that science should be, “open, inclusive, and accessible by dismantling racism, patriarchy, and oppressive societal norms.”

Gabriel Fernández-Cuervo, Ph.D.

Gabriel Fernández-Cuervo, Ph.D. – A chemical biology scientist who received the majority of her training in Puerto Rico. She is currently based out of San Francisco, California, but we could potentially use Zoom as a resource to contact her?? She is mainly focused on addressing biological questions that could improve global health with concentration in underdeveloped communities.

Lesley Jonas-Nartey

Lesley Jonas-Nartey – A technology delivery lead and consultant who assists businesses as they adjust to new, more innovative ways of working. She also works alongside the healthcare system to help solve problems.

Teal Potter

Teal Potter – A soil ecologist who studies farming practices and how the microbial communities impact the success of crops. She is based out of Washington State, but could potentially be contacted virtually as well.

Anila Yadavalli Ph.D.

Anila Yadavalli Ph.D. – A MathCEP Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota who teaches math to students and tries to make it enjoyable for people who struggle in that area.

Mary “Missy” Cummings

Mary “Missy” Cummings – A professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. She was also one of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots and now works with brain sciences and robotics.

Valerie Thomas

Valerie Thomas is an African American scientist and inventor best known for her patented illusion transmitter and contributions to NASA research.

Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O.

Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., was the first African American woman to be appointed dean of an American medical school

Dr. Rebecca Crumpler

Dr. Rebecca Crumpler was the first African American woman to earn an M.D. degree.  Her ‘Book of Medical Discourses’ is one of the very first medical publications by an African American.

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Nuestra Misión

El Reading Science Center existe para fomentar el amor por la ciencia a través de una educación STEM emocionante y experiencial para la comunidad de Greater Reading, especialmente nuestra juventud.

Nuestra Visión

A través de la educación científica formal e informal, el Reading Science Center promueve carreras en ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas ("STEM"), ayudando a abordar la escasez de personas que ingresan a esas carreras y, a su vez, ayudando a la economía local.

Nuestro Propósito

Reading Science Center La programación complementa y aumenta los esfuerzos de los distritos escolares, agencias gubernamentales y otras organizaciones sin fines de lucro para promover las carreras STEM entre los jóvenes y proporciona una ubicación centralizada para promover la educación científica dentro de nuestra comunidad.