Girls in STEM: Snow Safety and Snow Science at Keystone Science School
Submitted by Dave Miller
Keystone Science School is offering a program specifically designed for girls, highlighting careers within snow safety and snow science. Girls in STEM, which runs February 8 – 10, 2019, will teach girls about snow science and a wide variety of careers within snow safety and snow science. The program is open to any girl currently in third – eighth grade. Participating girls will first learn how to cross country ski, which will turn into their mode of transportation for the remainder of the weekend. They will then learn about many aspects of snow science, including the many forms of snow grains, snow metamorphosis, and the many layers within our snowpack. Girls will be digging snow pits and learning how to analyze the snowpack by identifying layers and all the variables which create a stable or unstable snow pack such as the slope, aspect, and different weather events which have influenced the snowpack.
Throughout the weekend, girls will also learn about careers within snow safety and snow science from female professionals working in the field and known to the program as STEM Mentors. Keystone Science School is partnering with Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. The featured STEM Mentor is Lindsay Wiebold, who is on the Arapahoe Basin Ski Patrol. The program will also be supported by ski area snow safety technicians, and member from a local avalanche dog team. These STEM mentors are the cornerstone of the program because girls won’t just learn about various professions, but also the barriers each STEM mentor experienced when entering the field. The barriers can be gender-based through their educational and professional experience, but also any other limiting factor and how each individual STEM mentor handled that barrier.
Location: Keystone Science School, 1053 Soda Ridge Road, Keystone, Colorado 80435
Dates and Time: February 8 – 10, 2019
Cost: $175 per participant (includes food, equipment, lodging, and instruction). Scholarships are available.
More information: (970) 468 – 2098 or Support@KeystoneScienceSchool.org
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