WOMEN’S STARS PROGRAM
SUMMER SPACE & SCIENCE CAMP
Are you a Hawaiʻi high school girl who is interested in space exploration, astronomy or other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields? Does the possibility of working in one of these areas pique your interest? If so, we’ve got a great opportunity for you! Join us for the Women’s STARS (STEM Aerospace Research Scholars) Program—a summer space and science camp designed to expose you to a variety of STEM fields and the women who work in them. Find inspiration, meet like-minded peers and get encouragement from leading women in STEM!
2022 STARS PROGRAM
Check back soon! We will be announcing details for the Summer 2022 STARS Program in early spring. Applications will be available on this page.
Location: Big Island of Hawaiʻi
Eligibility: High school girls, ages 14 +
- Hawaii Science & Technology Museum
- International Gemini Observatory, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab
- EA/James Clerk Maxwell Telescope
- Coral Reef Alliance
- Hawaii State DLNR, Division of Forestry and Wildlife
- Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
- University of Hawaii at Hilo
- ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
- USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Though half of Hawaiʻi’s population consists of women, only 25% work in STEM fields. According to a report by Million Women Mentors: “Women have lower self-confidence in their STEM abilities than men do, even when they perform at the same achievement levels as men. This lack of confidence can undermine their performance and their interest in pursuing STEM careers.”
The STARS program aims to address these issues by giving young women the encouragement, knowledge and resources they need to succeed in STEM careers. The program also aims to improve gender equity and economic opportunities for women in Hawaiʻi.
STARS is based on NASA’s successful summer programs for young women and focuses on providing inspiration, support and encouragement to Hawaiʻi high school students. It first launched in the summer of 2014 and has grown in reach and scope, enlisting the support of local nonprofits, science organizations and large corporations.
“I had astronomy as an un-achievable dream beforehand and how it seems attainable.”
“I’m considering career paths in geology and biology more seriously than before.”
“I have a better idea of what I need to do, I also feel better about my ability to succeed and be happy.”
“It really opened my eyes to how amazing certain careers I had previously overlooked can be.”
“I already was sure I was going into science, but the STARS Program boosted my confidence and excitement tremendously. It also gave me a more focused direction on where I want to be and how to get there.”
“[STARS] validated my feelings about going into aeronautics and becoming a pilot. It opened my mind to how much of a difference I can make in this world.”
“[STARS] exposed me to many different STEM fields, especially on our island. I had so much fun and loved hearing from so many knowledgeable people.”