Girls S.T.E.A.M. Institute

The S.T.E.A.M. Challenge connects young entrepreneurial women with industry leaders whose practical, business development experience gives them the courage to dream big – and the self-confidence to work with peers, parents, mentors, and industry leaders to make those dreams real.


Young middle and high school girls who are 12-17 years of age are invited to apply for an opportunity to participate as one of 5 members to a team who compete against other teams whose goal is to develop the best business concept and a digital application and pitch it to a panel of judges for cash prizes.

The process begins through an online application which queries the girls about their academic and activities prowess. A small panel of judges determines who will attend and then the girls are  notified by end of September, 2019.

The goal for each Challenge event is to have a parent or guardian attend with the participating girl and be part of the Parents Track where they can meet with other parents of ambitious girls and hear from subject matter experts about parenting, social media, trends in S.T.E.A.M. and emotional maturity and other tools.


The Girls S.T.E.A.M. Institute 2019 Challenge is planned for November 9th-10th at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

We invite girls 12-17 years of age to apply through an online application and submit their completed applications by August 31, 2019 to  The girls who are accepted into the program will be notified by September 30th.

The criteria for admission into the program is the following:

  • 12-17 years of age prior to the November 2019 event
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Active in the school through participation in sports, arts or student government
  • Demonstrates civic involvement through activities in the community as a volunteer
  • Answers to essay questions relating to other shared personal experiences of overcoming challenges 


Taking part in our S.T.E.A.M. Summit is a transformational experience. Participants have the opportunity to learn from women business owners and industry leaders of the S.T.E.A.M. fields about the future opportunities for career and entrepreneurship. Parents play an important role in the Summit activities, joining other attending parents as they learn about new trends, processes and entrepreneurial experiences that can enhance their abilities to mentor and support their daughters as they pursue S.T.E.A.M. opportunities.  


*Check back for program updates

When: November 9 – 10, 2019
Where: NASA Ames Research Center

Opening Morning Keynote Speaker
Mr. Ray Kurzweil, Futurist, Kurzweil Enterprises, Inventor, Singularity University

Introduction of new STEAMer Teams and their Mentors

Challenge Members meet as Teams to develop projects

Morning Speakers:
Dr. Caroline Heldman, The Representative Project
Brenda Bailey, DIGIBC
Elizabeth Kilpatrick, COO, Geena Davis Institute Gender on Media
Diane McClelland, Founder, Girls S.T.E.A.M. Institute

November 10, 2019
Opening Morning Keynote Speaker (TBD)
Industry trends for Parents in the STEAM Industries
Team Presentations to the Judges
Team Celebrations following Judges Announcement of Winners


Ray Kurzweil

Inventor, Futurist, Kurzweil Enterprises, Singularity University

Dr. Caroline Heldman

The Representation Project

Elizabeth Kilpatrick

Geena Davis Institute Gender on Media

Diane McClelland

Founder, Girls S.T.E.A.M. Institute

Brenda Bailey, ED



Shreya Parjan

Wellsley Junior

Prabhleen Kaur

Ashley Chu

University of California, Berkley

Brooke Covington


Girls S.T.E.A.M. Institute is planning an exciting event in the Summer of 2020 which brings all of the girls and parents who have graduated from our program back together to share best practices and lessons learned from their STEAM careers.

We are planning Team Challenges which will encompass girls’ teams competing from all over the country through live streaming for cash prizes for their winning business ideas and digital applications which will be pitched to teams of judges.

We will be inviting major speakers to participate from various STEAM industries to provide the latest in new trends in business and technology.

Watch for more information available in the coming weeks about this exciting event.