Empowering Girls Through STEM

A mighty after-school program where 3rd and 4th grade girls learn about women leaders in STEM

Mighty STEM Girls is a free after-school program for 3rd and 4th grade girls enrolled in five Bridgeport Public Schools. Students opt-in to the program solely on the basis of an interest to learn more about STEM topics and careers.

We meet weekly at the schools for hands-on workshops. Each workshop features the life and career of a female leader in STEM and a hands-on lesson that enables participants to experience what different STEM careers are like, as well as the science, technology, engineering, and math content behind them. Our Mighty STEM Girls have predicted the weather, launched rockets, created and solved codes, built star core models, and so much more!

There is a strong correlation between familial learning and success in school. Families of the Mighty STEM Girls are welcomed to the Museum periodically for special Family Days. Family Days feature curated content ranging from planetarium shows to live science demos, fun workshop challenges, and even a trip to the movies (Hidden Figures!).


Mighty STEM Girls recently is kicking off its third year thanks to the generosity of our funders, The Scripps Family Foundation and the Bridgeport Rotary. We look forward to continuing to offer Bridgeport’s Mighty STEM Girls opportunities to be inspired and see themselves in the women leaders and pioneers in STEM that they learn about in class. We would not be able to provide this impactful program without the generous support of our funders.

Additional corporate and foundation support will allow us to serve more students and grow the impact of this program. Contact Sarah Tropp-Pacelli, Director of Education and Strategy, to learn more about how you can join our community of support for this or other STEM Learning Programs. Sarah can be reached at 203.372.3521 ext. 114 or tropp@discoverymuseum.org.

How can I enroll my child?

Applications are disseminated to 3rd and 4th grade girls at five participating Bridgeport Public Schools.

How many students are in the program?

Currently, there are over 100 Mighty STEM Girls!

Which schools participate?

Currently, John J. Winthrop School, Multicultural Magnet Academy, Geraldine Claytor Academy, Classical Studies Magnet Academy, and Luis Munoz Marin School participate in the Mighty STEM Girls program.

What are your program fees?

There are none, thanks to the generosity of our wonderful community, corporate, and private funders.

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