(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

The Branch engages in four types of STEM initiatives; each is described briefly below:

After-school STEM programs for middle school girls. In conjunction with the five Centre County school districts, the Branch co-sponsors multi-week after-school programs with a STEM focus. The school districts and programs are listed below:

  • Bald Eagle Area: Girls Active in Math, Engineering and Science (GAMES)
  • Bellefonte: Girls Love Science (GaLS)
  • Penns Valley
  • Philipsburg-Osceola
  • State College: Challenging Science Investigations (CSI)

MATHH (Magical Adventures for Talented Heroines and Heroes). In conjunction with Schlow Centre Region Library and Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania children’s museum, the Branch co-sponsors a three-week summer program for elementary-aged children. The one-hour long program begins with the reading of a children’s book that highlights an interesting math or science concept at Schlow Centre Region Library. The participants then walk to Discovery Space for an interactive demonstration or activity.

STEM Mini-grants. This program was established to award up to $500 per proposal to support local STEM initiatives. Criteria include:

  • Evidence of intended direct local impact on Centre County resident girls and/or women
  • Primary focus upon participation in STEM
  • Demonstration of need for financial assistance from AAUW State College Branch, and
  • Evidence that AAUW State College Branch will be publicly acknowledged for its supportive contribution

STEM Scholarships. Middle and high school girls with financial need may apply for scholarships to attend Penn State University's Science-U camps for summer.