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 5th grade in the Reading School District? 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.?

Do you love STEM? Do you want to be a founding volunteer member helping us to build the momentum for our opening year of the Reading Science Center #RDGsci, located on Penn Street in downtown Reading?

We want your help! Maybe you have an hour to give conducting tours, maybe you have weekend and after school hours to teach in our cell lab – whatever you have to offer in time and talent, we will find you a volunteer job that can help us make Berks County’s first Reading Science Center a huge community success.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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Our Mission

The Reading Science Center exists to foster a love of Science through exciting and experiential STEM education for the Greater Reading community, especially our youth.

Our Vision

Through both formal and informal science education, the Reading Science Center promotes careers in science, technology, engineering and math (“STEM”) careers, helping to address the shortage of people entering such careers and in turn helping the local economy.

Our Purpose

Reading Science Center programming compliments and augments efforts by school districts, government agencies, and other non-profit organizations in promoting STEM careers to youth and provides a centralized location to advance science education within our community.