WOMEN’S STARS PROGRAM

SUMMER SPACE & SCIENCE CAMP

Are you a Hawaii 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 PISCES next summer for the Women’s STARS (STEM Aerospace Research Scholars) Program. STARS is a week-long 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.

 

    2021 STARS PROGRAM

    We are pleased to announce the STARS program will resume this summer with a modified schedule. The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority and COVID-safe guidelines will be in place. Please note this summer’s program will not offer overnight accommodations as in years past. 

    Dates: June 21 – 25, 2021

    Location: East Hawaii, Big Island

    Cost: Free

    Eligibility: Hawaii high school girls, ages 14 and up

    Activities:

    • Rocketry workshop
    • UAV workshop
    • Chance to enter rocketry competition
    • HoloLens augmented reality demonstration
    • Geology activity at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
    • Engaging presentations
    • Astronomy demonstrations

    Mahalo to our sponsors! 

    Caterpillar, Inc.

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    STARS is based on NASA’s successful summer programs for young women and focuses on providing inspiration, support and encouragement for girls interested in pursuing STEM fields. The program first launched in Summer 2014 and has partnered with and received funding from a growing number of STEM-related organizations, nonprofits and companies.

    Though half of Hawaii’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 Hawaii.

    STUDENT FEEDBACK

    “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.”