Hidden Figures Revealed: Saturday Screening + Panel

March is Women’s History Month, and the Adler Planetarium and the DuSable Museum of African American History are teaming up to present programming around Hidden Figures, a best-sellling book and Oscar-nominated film about the true story of a team of black women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the American space program.

Chicago students and education providers are invited to join the Adler for special screenings of Hidden Figures accompanied by conversations with Chicago women working in STEM fields today, moderated by teens from the Adler’s Youth Leadership Council.

Screenings and panels will take place at the Adler (1300 S Lake Shore Drive) on Saturday, March 25, at 10am and 1:30pm.

Free registration is open to youth ages 11-19 and one guest. School and organization groups interested in coming should contact youthprograms.

Full details at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hidden-figures-revealed-saturday-screening-panel-tickets-32188770479

2017 Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit (Girls 14-17)

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Applications are now open for the 2017 Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit, taking place July 22-29, 2017. The application is open to teenage girls, ages 14-16, who live and attend school in Chicago or one of its 28 international sister cities.

A joint program of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit is an educational forum in Chicago to help grow a new generation of global leaders. Participants from Chicago and its 28 international sister cities are empowered through workshops, discussions and presentations on advocacy, activism and leadership. The Summit encourages young women to become active leaders in their communities and develop solutions to the challenges girls face around the world.

The Summit consists of a one-week summer intensive program for teenage girls, ages 14–16. It is an opportunity for the girls to meet their peers from around the world; share issues that are of concern to them; participate in workshops; and meet with distinguished women in leadership positions. The participants are made aware of the experiences of peers who come from different backgrounds and are positioned to serve as advocates for each other in the future. As emerging leaders in their own communities, the summit equips the girls to become agents of positive change in the world.

Participants are selected via a competitive application process. The application is available to girls, ages 14-16, who live and attend school in the city of Chicago or one of its 28 sister cities and have an interest in international relations, leadership, advocacy, activism or gender studies.

Please share with anyone who may be interested! http://chicagosistercities.com/GlobalYouthAmbassadors

Cards Against Humanity’s Science Ambassador Scholarship for Girls

Cards Against Humanity Re-Opens Applications for Full Ride Scholarship

CHICAGO, IL – Comedy card game Cards Against Humanity announced today that applications are now open for their Science Ambassador Scholarship, a full ride scholarship for women studying science, technology, engineering, or math. The recipient of the award will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years.

The growing $950,000 scholarship trust is funded by sales of Cards Against Humanity’s “Science Pack,” co-authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith and Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait. The pack is available now for $10 at CardsAgainstHumanity.com.

“I’m so excited that we’re able to offer another scholarship for a woman studying STEM. A lot of us at Cards Against Humanity have backgrounds in science and tech, and the underrepresentation of women in these fields is staggering,” said Jenn Bane, the Cards Against Humanity community director. “Ask a kid to draw a scientist, they’ll draw a man in a lab coat, because science and math are historically male-dominated fields. Cards Against Humanity has a large audience, so with the Science Ambassador Scholarship we hope to help change the public perception of what a scientist looks like.”

The scholarship applications will be judged by a board of over sixty women who work professionally in science, including representatives from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, the Smithsonian Institution, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as TED, NSF, Huxley, and Hubble fellows.

College and high school students are both eligible. To apply, students should submit a three minute video explaining a scientific topic they’re passionate about.

Board member Veronica Berns, postdoctoral Fellow in Chemical Education at Northwestern University, said, “We’re accepting video applications because we want to raise visibility of women in science. Production value isn’t a factor in these videos. We’re looking for passionate, creative students who can break down a complicated scientific topic.”

Last spring, the board awarded the scholarship to Sona Dadhania, a sophomore at University of Pennsylvania studying Materials Science and Engineering.

“I was so shocked and unprepared to hear that I won,” said Sona, who submitted a video explaining nanotechnology. “When I first heard, I was walking back into my TA’s office hours with a super big grin, and a couple of my friends noticed how excited I seemed, so I ended up blurting out what happened to everyone in the room. I hope that as Science Ambassador, I can inspire a passion and love for science in someone else.”

Students can watch Sona’s winning video and apply at ScienceAmbassadorScholarship.org. The deadline is December 11th, 2016.