Girls on the Rise

Girls on the Rise is a half-day conference designed for middle school girls to further inspire their interest in STEM. Participants engage with a variety of hands-on science activities. Each activity is set up like an experiment, where girls hypothesize outcomes, test their theories, collect results, and make conclusions as to what scientific principles are at hand. This year, we are ensuring participant safety by sending kits by mail, with all materials and guidance included. The goals of this event are to encourage young ladies to get involved in STEM, provide an opportunity to speak to women pursuing an engineering or applied mathematics degree, foster curiosity for science, and show how fun science can be! 

Girls on the Rise prepares participants to:

  • Communicate knowledge of the scientific process and design processes
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills needed for solving problems individually and in teams
  • Define STEM fields and identify applicable careers paths

Due to a delay in receiving supplies, boxes will be mailed the week of October 5, with anticipated arrival to your home the second weekend in October. 

Thank you so much for registering for Girls on the Rise. Our Society of Women Engineers collegiate section at Colorado School of Mines has worked hard to ensure you have the best experience possible. Your box is expected to ship soon and will likely reach you within the week. 

The updated list of experiment materials can be viewed below. 

Your box includes: 

  • 12 pipe cleaners 
  • Bubble juice 
  • 6 plastic cups 
  • 1 color of food coloring 
  • Popsicle sticks 
  • 1 roll of electrical tape 
  • 2 gelatin packets 
  • 2 neodymium magnets 
  • Paper clips 
  • Marshmallows 
  • String 
  • Spaghetti  
  • A hair tie 

Supplies you provide: 

  • Tap water 
  • 3 tsp cooking oil (we used vegetable oil) 
  • 2 cups vinegar 
  • 1 egg 
  • Hot glue gun (recommended) 
  • Crushed ice 
  • 2 tsp salt 
  • 2 paper towel sheets 

In your box, you will also find information about the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a personal note written by one of our SWE members, a flower (our gift to you as you learn and grow), and a certificate of completion. There are two sticks of modeling clay for your enjoyment that are not needed for the nine experiments. See what you can design! We had to tweak our experiments that used pipe cleaners, so you will not be using those for any experiments. You are encouraged to see how they inspire your imagination and build something creative. 

A note to the parents: If you would like, we invite you to take pictures of your daughter as she performs these experiments and post them to our Facebook page if you have an account. Search for “Colorado School of  Mines Society of Women Engineers: Girls on the Rise,” or join the group. Only people in the group can see your photos, and our Social Media Director, Ashley Galligan, will accept you into the group. 

When you receive your box and complete the experiments, we invite you to respond to our survey, telling us how well we did and what we can improve for the future. The link to this anonymous survey can be found here.

We hope you enjoy Girls on the Rise, and we would love to see you around the Mines campus in a few years! If you have any questions, contact the director, Azlan Tubbs, at 

“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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