Girls on the Rise




MaKenna Straka is the Girls on the Rise Director for the 2023-2024 academic year, and she is a sophomore in Chemical 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 7, 2023

Time: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Green Center Friedhoff 1 & 2

Cost: $25

“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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