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Introducing Girls to “Big Ideas” in STEM Fields.
Stellar Girls introduces girls to “Big Ideas” in STEM fields. Through weekly hands-on after-school activities, students explore how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are used to feed, fuel, heal and save the world. Students have the opportunity to interact with STEM professionals to learn about STEM careers, apply STEM skills to real-world problems, and employ critical thinking skills through collaborative inquiry.


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The Stellar Girls curriculum is divided into 4 units: Feeding, Fueling, Healing, and Saving. The entire program consists of up to 20 hour-and-a-half long lessons. During the summer, EDUCATE trains teachers and community members to implement the program as coaches.

The program is highly flexible, allowing coaches to select from among the 48 curated activities and hold the program before, after, or during in-school time.


Our programming is focused on providing meaningful impact and connections for the girls participating in our StellarGirls program Student content gains are evaluated with pre-and post-program unit evaluations to ensure we are meeting our stated objectives:

Did girls involved with the program increase their understanding of STEM concepts?


Did girls involved with the program become more interested in STEM subjects?

Girls have participated in StellarGirls


Average StellarGirls Content Gain

After being involved in the program for three years, I have seen firsthand how advantageous the program is for young women trying to further their knowledge and love of STEM. Young girls are able to sit in a classroom surrounded by other women and experiment to their hearts desire. The limitless ideas and ways to do just one activity instills that there is always more than one way to accomplish something and trying is the only way to see if it really works.


Graduated StellarGirl Participant

StellarGirls programming is focused on low-income and under-represented communities.

School-level data from 2012-2018 show that 69% of girls are underrepresented minority and 66% of participants are from low-income homes that qualify for free and reduced lunch at school.

  • Low-income homes that qualify for free and reduced lunch at school 66% 66%

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We work closely with schools and community organizations to successfully implement StellarGirls after school programs and our STEMGirls Summer camps. Contact us to learn how to bring our programs to your district.



A Look Back at The 2019 STEMgirls Camps

The 2019 STEMgirls Summer Camps were held June 3-7 at Southwest Illinois College in Red Bud, IL and June 17-21 at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan, IL. The camps were made possible through the generous support of Abbott, Astellas Pharma, Horizon...

EDUCATE Fun Summer STEM At-Home Activities: Dancing Raisins

It is summertime and the kids are home. Yay! But how do you keep them busy and prevent summer learning loss? EDUCATE has sleuthed out fun, weekly, at-home STEM activities to keep your children’s minds active and encourage them to keep curious throughout the summer...

The iBIO’s EDUCATE Center Hosts Fourth Annual STEMgirls Summer Camp at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep

Today, the iBIO’s EDUCATE Center kicked off its fourth annual STEMgirls Summer Camp hosted at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan. This week-long learning experience provides 130young girls (grades 3-8) with opportunities to learn more about careers in...

iBIO Institute’s fourth annual STEMgirls Summer Camp

iBIO opened registration for its fourth annual STEMgirls Summer Camp hosted at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan June 17-21, 2019. This week-long learning experience will provide 125 young girls (grades 3-8) from the North Chicago and Waukegan area with...

Horizon Supports iBIO Charitable Programs to Diversify the STEM Pipeline

Today, iBIO announced that Horizon Therapeutics, a global biopharmaceutical company, has made a donation to support iBIO’s Charitable Programs working to diversify the STEM talent pipeline. The donation will support two main programs focused on increasing interest...

StellarGirls NSF Partnership with SIUE

The Exploring Global Challenges partnership with Southern Illinois University is funded by the National Science Foundation and is building computational thinking into the StellarGirls Program. The partnership was featured in the East St. Louis news: STEM+C...

iBIO’s StellarGirls After School Program Expands into North Chicago

We are excited to announce that the StellarGirls program will expand into North Chicago. The Neal Math and Science Academy will provide the program to all of their 98 girls in 6th grade. Stellar Girls introduces girls to “Big Ideas” in STEM fields. Through weekly...


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