Girls in Science and Technology Program

Attempting to bridge the technology gender gap in industry, the Girls in Science and Technology Program (GIST) is a collaborative effort developed by the AHMEC and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania to offer a fun and educational hands-on program where girls engage in classes in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Each year the girls explore a different topic through hands-on activities and fun interactive sessions.

  • Physics of Flight (Grade 3)
  • Space Exploration (Grade 4)
  • Energy (Grade 5)
  • Chemistry (Grade 6)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Grade 7)
  • Computer Coding (Grade 8)
  • Robotics (Grades 9-12)

Each class is mentored by female college students in the STEM fields from local universities. In turn, the female college students are mentored by regional industry leaders from companies such as the Boeing Company, Enersys and Greene Tweed.

The Girls in Science and Technology Program meets approximately every other Saturday from November to early April. The meetings are held from 2 until 4 pm at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester, PA.


GIST 2017-2018 Schedule


Kick-Off - Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday Sessions:

November 4, 2017

November 18, 2017

December 2,. 2017

December 16, 2017

January 6, 2018

January 20, 2018

February 3, 2018

February 17, 2018

March 3, 2018

March 24, 2018

April 14, 2018 - Graduation


All sessions are on Saturdays from 2 until 4 pm at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center.

The cost of the program is $100 per girl. (Additional siblings are discounted to $50 per girl.) There is a $15 Girl Scout registration fee for every girl who is not already registered as a Girl Scout. If a girl wishes to take part in GIST but is unable to pay these fees, please indicate that when registering. Financial aid is available; no girl shall be turned away due to the inability to pay.

If you are interested in mentoring or participating, please download and complete the below forms and return them via email to

GIST Application (PDF)

Girl Scout Application (PDF)

Cell Phone Policy (PDF)

Photo/Video Release Form (PDF)

GIST General Information Letter 2017-2018

Pay via PayPal:

GIST 2017-18


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