Girls on the Rise




MaKenna Straka is the Girls on the Rise Director for the 2024-2025 academic year, and she is a junior in Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering. She is excited to see girls’ interest in STEM grow through the activities taking place at the outreach event this year.


Date: Saturday, October 19, 2024

Time: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Green Center Friedhoff 1 & 2

Cost: $25

Parent-Guardian Event Information

Thank you for registering for Girls on the Rise, hosted by the Society of Women Engineers collegiate section at Colorado School of Mines! My name is Makenna Straka and I am a sophmore in chemical engineering and the director for Girls on the Rise. Thank you so much for your interest and support of our event! Please read through the following information about the conference taking place this Saturday, October 7th:

  • Girls on the Rise will be held in the Green Center. Check-in begins at 8:00 AM in
    the lobby. The event starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 12:30 PM.
  • A map showing the closest parking lot for drop-off and pick-up is attached
  • Breakfast and lunch are not included at Girls on the Rise. Snacks will be provided.
  • This is a drop-off event.

Enjoy what Golden has to offer while you’re here!

  • Visit Mines Museum of Earth Science at 1310 Maple St, Golden, CO (open 9:00 AM
    – 4:00 PM)
  • Explore historic Downtown Golden
  • Hike South Table Mountain

Check out for more information.
We look forward to seeing everyone for a morning filled with STEM at Mines! If you
have any questions or requests for accommodations, please contact the event director

The Green Center, marked with a star, is located at 924 16th Street, Golden
Colorado. Lots Z, M, O, N, and CTLM are the closest parking lots for drop-off
and pick-up. Directions to this location can be accessed on Google Maps here.
Parking is free on the weekends, so no need to worry about parking pass
marked lots.

“Middle school is the time when girls start to shape an idea of their futures. Because of this, it is a critical time to encourage their interest in STEM careers. This event gives us a way to show middle school girls all the exciting possibilities STEM holds for them!”

Sophia Becker

Chemical Engineering 2020

“Girls on the Rise was really fun because we got to expand on all of our interests. We didn’t learn about just one type of science, but we got to do chemistry, mechanical engineering, mining engineering, and so much more. I liked that we got to do hands on activities and try to do the experiments by ourselves, getting help only if we needed it. I learned a lot in some different areas, such as how to make a flashlight out of a watch battery, and the different chemical reactions that happen with hydrophobic and hydrophilic molecules. I thought the whole event was really cool!”


8th Grader

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