About SPIN Girls

SPIN Girls is launching in the Fall of 2018 with the explicit goal of expanding the pipeline for girls of color in STEM careers. SPIN Girls will be a transformative program that builds leadership and provides immersive STEM experiences, all paired with mentorship for girls of color by professionals of color from across King County. Starting in Fall 2018, we will induct 30 8th grade girls as STEM Learners.

SPIN Girls will come together 10 times over the course of a school year for Lab Days and Field Days. A typical Lab Day will include team building and project based learning including 3D printing, Coding, Robotics, Electronics, and professional mentor conversations connecting their work to the project based learning. The final Saturday program will be a capstone presentation, where SPIN Girls will develop and present STEM-based solutions to real world challenges.

Field days are an opportunity for scholars to see STEM in action through visits to  partners such as Universities, local businesses, and nonprofit think tanks.

SPIN is currently working to find women of color who want to be the mentors they wish they'd had. If you are interested, please let us know! 

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Youth leadership

All SPIN Girls start out as STEM Learners in 8th grade. In 9th grade they become STEM Mentors, mentoring a new cohort of STEM Learners. These Mentors will become STEM Leaders in 10th grade, helping to lead the program while newly minted Mentors work with the next cohort of Learners.

Summer programming

Every summer SPIN will host a retreat where SPIN Girls will contribute to planning the next years’ program and provide input into what they would like to see more (or less) of. This will be part of a 2 week summer intensive, consisting of 4 hours of programming per day. The schedule will include college and career planning workshops, team building and project based STEM learning, and strategic planning for the following year.

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Mentoring

SPIN Girls will be paired in teams with professional mentors of color who will share their educational and work experiences through conversations, job shadowing opportunities, and support in developing educational plans.  

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Scholarship and support

Every year, culminating scholars will gain a $150 scholarship. At the end 3 years, she will vest $450 in scholarships. Students will receive ORCA cards to encourage attendance at all lab and field day activities.