Maybe you love peeps. Maybe you hate them. Maybe 10 packages of them somehow wound up in your house this Spring and you'd really love if your kids didn't eat them all! We have a "solution"! Make play dough with them (no detergent or borax required).Read more
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.
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Quarterly Pre-K Program
Registration for our Pre-K Program (current 4 and 5 year olds) is NOW OPEN: https://rosieriveters.regfox.com/rosie-riveters-quarterly-pre-k-program
Spring 2019 Quarterly Pre-K Program: Saturday, May 18th 10:30am-11:30am (Central Library, Quincy Room)
Registration for our Summer Reunion Programs will open on Wednesday, June 12th at 8pm. https://rosieriveters.regfox.com/rosie-riveters-reunion-program
- 2nd-5th Grade: Saturday, July 13th 10:30am- 12:30pm (Central Library, Glebe Room)*
- 6th-8th Grade: Saturday, July 13th 10:30am- 12:30pm (Central Library, Quincy Room)*
- Kindergarten-1st Grade: Saturday, July 20th 10:30am-11:30am (Central Library, Quincy Room)
* Program locations are subject to change.
2019 Fall Programs
Registration for our 2019 Summer Programs will open on Wednesday, August 28th at 8pm. https://rosieriveters.regfox.com/rosie-riveters-fall-2019-saturday-program
Saturday's: September 21st, October 19th, November 16th, December 14th
- K-1st Grade: 10:30am-11:30am
- 2nd-5th Grade: 10:30am-12:30pm
- 6th-8th Grade: 10:30am-12:30pm
These free public programs are made possible by generous supporters like you. Please consider making a $25 donation to support Rosie Riveters’s continued development of outstanding programs for everyone.
Community Center Summer Intensive and Year-Long After School Program
Registration for our Community Center programs are restricted to participants currently enrolled in Fairfax County's Department of Neighborhood and Community Services Programs. For information about registration please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Program at Gum Springs Community Center (3rd-5th Grade)
- Monday's: July 8th - August 5th from 10am-12pm (Gum Springs Community Center)
Year-Long After School Program at Gum Springs Community Center (3rd-5th Grade)
September 2019-June 2020 every third Tuesday of the month from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm (Pizza will be provided)
- September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, December 17th, January 21st, February 18th, March 17th, April 21st, May 19th, June 16th
PLEASE NOTE our Late and No-Show Policies:
We want to ensure that our programs are able to provide a positive impact to as many participants as possible. With this in mind, please note our No-Show and Late Policies below:
- Please arrive on time to the start of each program. We cover a lot of information in a relatively short period so arriving late means that many important components of the lesson/project may be missed. It can also be disruptive to other participants.
- Late arrivals Policy: Those who arrive late to two classes will relinquish their remaining spots to children on the waitlist.
- We understand that plans change, especially when it comes to kids, but in order to give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the program we require a minimum of 48 hours notice so we can fill the vacant spot.
- No-show Policy: Those who fail to attend a program without prior 48 hours notice will relinquish their remaining spots to children on the waitlist.
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.
If your business/place of employment is interested in supporting young women in STEM, please email us at this address (firstname.lastname@example.org). We have multiple opportunities for program sponsorship and involvement, including hosting STEM workshops at corporate events.
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
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