School’s out and summer is finally here!
But did you know that students lose an average of one to two months of academic knowledge—primarily of science and math—over the summer holiday?
Although the books and calculators have been put away until the fall, summer opens the door to one of the best classrooms for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)—the great outdoors. It also affords parents the opportunity to be a part of their child’s learning experience while enjoying quality family time. Here are a few fun (and budget friendly!) ways to incorporate STEM in common summer activities:Read more
“I grew up in a very big family in a very small house,” says Lydia Villa-Komaroff. That house was in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where few Mexican-American kids like herself were lucky to even finish high school. But Villa-Komaroff knew from a young age that she wanted to become a scientist. She remembers when she was nine, hearing her uncle talking about his work as a chemist and deciding that this sounded like the career for her. “All children are scientists, but… I think it gets lost because people forget about the excitement and the joy of discovery,” she says. “I wanted to continue to explore things, take them apart, put them back together.”Read more
The core of Rosie Riveters’ programs is a project-based, after-school curriculum for girls aged 4-14 (grades pre-K-8) that is open to the public and is completely free of charge. Each of the twelve sessions of our 4-week program features:
- an interactive overview of a STEM concept (density, circuits, chemical reactions, etc.);
- a tangible and hands-on project that explores that concept;
- exploration of real-world careers associated with the above project through interaction with mentors.
Spring 2018 Saturday Program
We are delighted to announce that thanks to a generous grant from Boeing we'll be offering our fantastic programing for girls in STEM again this Spring!
Registration is now OPEN. Please note that with over 170 children on our waitlist from previous programs, we have provided them with a 48-hour priority registration period. As of right now all spots have been filled. If you are unable to secure a spot we highly encourage you to sign up for the waitlist as there are always fluctuations in attendance prior to the start of a program.
This spring's program takes place on one Saturday a month for four months. You must commit to attending all four sessions (see dates below) to register for the program. The curriculum for this Saturday program is a repeat of Fall 2016 (10/24/16-11/17/16). If your child attended the Fall 2016 program at Westover, Cherrydale, or Central Library, they should not register for this four-month Saturday program.
Kindergarten-1st Grade- Westover Branch Library
- March 3 - 10:30am-11:30am - The chemistry of color
- April 7 - 10:30am-11:30am - Learn to speak computer
- May 5 - 10:30am-11:30am - It's Electric!
- June 2 - 10:30am-11:30am - Growing plants in space
2nd-5th Grade- Shirlington Branch Library
- February 10 - 2pm-4pm - This device is battery operated
- March 10 - 2pm-4pm - Tune into your frequency
- April 14 - 2pm-4pm - Learn to speak computer
- May 12 - 2pm-4pm - Growing plants in space
6th-8th Grade- Central Branch Library
- February 17 - 10:30am-12:30pm - This device is battery operated
- March 17 - 10:30am-12:30pm - Tune into your frequency
- April 21 - 10:30am-12:30pm - Code your world!
- May 19 - 10:30am-12:30pm - Nice Genes!
Support and Volunteers sponsored in part by:
Interested in sponsoring a Rosie Riveters Project?
Since our pilot program in February 2016, Rosie Riveters has served over 250 children in Northern Virginia. We are constantly seeking new opportunities to provide girls with the confidence to try and succeed in STEM. If you are interested in bringing a Rosie Riveters program to your community please email: email@example.com.
As a small non-profit, our programs are funded on a project-by-project basis. It takes $6,920 to cover the costs of supplies, teachers, and programming logistics for each 4-week program that we offer, which means that on average, each Rosie Riveters project that a participant completes costs approximately $50 to deliver.
Support Rosie Riveters by making a donation of $25, $50, $100, $250 or $500 here: https://rosieriveters.nationbuilder.com/donate.
- 4-6, 7-10 and 11-14 year-old Winter 2016 Program (February 21- March 17, 2016) - Arlington County Libraries (Shirlington Branch)*
- 4-6, 7-10 and 11-14 year-old Fall 2016 Program(October 24th-November 17, 2016) - Arlington County Libraries (Central, Cherrydale and Westover Branches)*
- 4-6, 7-10 and 11-14 year-old Winter 2017 Program (February 27- March 23, 2017) - Arlington County Libraries (Central, Columbia Pike and Westover Branches)*
- 4-6, 7-10 and 11-14 year-old Fall 2017 Program(September 18- October 12, 2017) - Arlington County Libraries (Aurora Hills, Columbia Pike and Westover Branches)**
- 4-6, 7-10 and 11-14 year-old Waitlist Program (Saturday July, 14,2016) - Arlington County Libraries (Shirlington Branch)
- 4-6, 7-10 and 11-14 year-old Saturday program (Saturday, July 9, 2016) - Arlington County Libraries (Central Branch)
- Winter 2016 4-6, 7-10 and 11-14 Reunions (Saturday May 14, 2016) - Arlington County Libraries (Shirlington Branch)
- Microsoft Technology Center 6-14 year-old Reunion (Friday, July 22, 2016)- Microsoft Technology Center (Reston, VA)
- Microsoft Minecraft Hour of Code & Q/A w/ the Minecraft Team (Monday, December 5, 2016) - Microsoft Store (Pentagon City)
- QualComm Thinkabit Lab 7-14 year-old Reunion (Saturday January 21,2017) - QualComm Thinkabit Lab (Virginia Tech)
- 4-6 year-old Reunion (Saturday, January 28, 2017) - Arlington County Libraries (Central Branch)
- 4-6 year-old Reunion (Saturday, July 15, 2017) - Arlington County Libraries (Central Branch)
- Microsoft Technology Center 6-14 year-old Reunion (Tuesday, August 1, 2016)- Microsoft Technology Center (Reston, VA)
- Willston Computer Clubhouse 5th and 6th Grade Program (Monday, July 24, 2017)- Fairfax County Community Center (Falls Church, VA)
- Willston Computer Clubhouse 3rd and 4th Grade Program (Monday, July 31, 2017)- Fairfax County Community Center (Falls Church, VA)
- Southgate Community Center Pre-K-1st Grade year-old Program (Thursday, August 10, 2017)- Fairfax County Community Center (Reston, VA)
- Chantilly Neighborhood CLCP 6th-8th Grade Program (Tuesday, August 15,2017- Fairfax County Community Center (Chantilly,VA)
- Mott Computer Clubhouse 1st and 2nd Grade Program (Monday, August 21, 2017)- Fairfax County Community Center (Fairfax, VA)
Rosie Riveters' mission is to provide a fun space for girls ages 4-14 to imagine, create, and play while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Our organization is built on the premise that innovation is cultivated where experimentation is encouraged; that failure is not in conflict with success, but a necessary and crucial part of it. Through hands-on STEM projects our hope is to not only encourage girls to be strong, confident, and competent in STEM, but to keep them engaged through mentorship programs and network building.
We invite you to join us on our journey as we seek to empower girls in STEM!
Our organization is inspired by and named after Rosie the Riveter, the symbol of the women who stepped up and stepped in to take on previously male-dominated roles in factories and heavy industry when men left their jobs to fight in WWII. While widespread cultural references encouraged women to undertake such work (a song, promotional film, an image by Norman Rockwell, etc.), it was artist J. Howard Miller’s representation of Rosie the Riveter on the “We Can Do It” poster he designed for the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company in 1942 that has become the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter and her can-do attitude. As an organization, we aim to inspire girls to take a similar “We Can Do It” approach to STEM, and hope you will support girls in STEM by funding our modern adaptation of the symbol that, some argue, changed a generation.Read more
Rosie Riveters, a new STEM non-profit in Arlington, is currently seeking mentors with active careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to speak with girls from the ages of 4-14 about their journey into their chosen profession as well as their day-to-day experiences.
A little bit about us: Rosie Riveters' mission is to provide a fun space for girls ages 4-14 to imagine, create, and play while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Our organization is built on the premise that innovation is cultivated where experimentation is encouraged; that failure is not in conflict with success, but a necessary and crucial part of it. Through hands-on STEM projects our hope is to not only encourage girls to be strong, confident, and competent in STEM, but to keep them engaged through mentorship programs and network building.
Methods of Mentoring
- Face-to Face (in person or via video conference)- Join us at the end of a project session to discuss your position and experiences.
- Pre-Record- Participate in a pre-recorded interview to discuss your position and experiences.
We ask mentors to speak for 15 minutes (usually around 5:30pm), provide students with their business cards and encourage participants to follow up with them after the session with their questions. The intention is to teach participants the skills of networking, relationships and the importance of follow up.*
Join us on our journey to inspire girls with the “confidence to try”. Apply below.
* Please Note: All mentor positions require a set of skills, an application and an interview. All mentors must consent to a background check.Become a volunteer
Katherine Johnson said: "My dad taught us 'you are as good as anybody in this town, but you're no better.' I don't have a feeling of inferiority. Never had. I'm as good as anybody, but no better."
But probably a lot smarter. She was a "computer" at Langley Research Center "when the computer wore a skirt," said Johnson. More important, she was living out her life's goal, though, when it became her goal, she wasn't sure what it involved.Read more
What is Cookies and Confidence?
Cookies & Confidence is a fundraising event for Rosie Riveters where families with kids of all ages can participate in an interactive, STEM based project, while eating sweet treats and meeting new friends.
Upcoming Cookies and Confidence Events
Can't make one of our upcoming dates?
Throw your own Cookies and Confidence get-together!
Cookies and Confidence is a great way to catch up and/or meet new friends while doing something charitable as you can simply host your playdate at home, invite all your friends, enjoy a fun activity and eat cookies!
Bake some treats or buy them and make all donations for the cookies and activity to Rosie Riveters.
How do I host my own Cookies and Confidence playdate?
Invite everyone - Get all your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors together. You can ask them to come using the really quick and simple e-invitations provided with the Cookies and Confidence kit or by sharing your event on Facebook.
- Ask for a donation - Ask your guests to make a donation for the cookies and STEM activity. You can also raise money by playing games and raffles.
- Organize your activity - Download the fun paper rockets guide. All you need is paper, straws, tape and some markers!
- Make it look lovely - Bake your yummiest cookies or buy them! Print off cookie cards to let your guests know the flavor of each one. Put posters up and make your Cookies & Confidence playdate venue look lovely. We Can Do It!
If I host a Cookies & Confidence playdate how do I pay in the donations?
You can submit your donations online via www.RosieRiveters.com/donate.
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the Cookies and Confidence event guide featuring a fun STEM activity (paper rockets), e-invites, cookie cards and posters.