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"I learned that science can actually be fun!"
- EX.I.T.E. participant

"It was like one of the best times I've ever had in like my whole life. There was so many nice people that wanted to help."
- EX.I.T.E. participant

Campers in lab coats and gloves, preparing for an experiment

EXploring Interests in Technology and Engineering (EX.I.T.E.)

Come join us while we explore the world of science and technology. EX.I.T.E. offers opportunities for girls with disabilities in middle and high school to explore, create, invent, and even get messy with the science and technology of today.

K.W. Gregory was only 10 years old when she decided to find a way to stop the snow from going inside her mittens while playing outside. Brainstorming allowed her to invent wrisities that are now sold nation wide.

Thank goodness Ruth Wakefield did not get upset in 1930 when by mistake she invented the chocolate chip cookie. Ruth had intended for the chocolate chunks to melt and evenly distribute in the dough but instead the chunks stayed just the same resulting in the yummy cookie we call chocolate chip today.

The EX.I.T.E. program offers a variety of opportunities for middle school girls, as well as professionals.

EX.I.T.E. camp (5 Day camp in July / Aug for middle school girls with disabilities)

is held over the summer and provides five fun-filled days for middle school girls with disabilities to use all of their senses (touching, seeing, hearing, smelling, and tasting) to discover the science and technology around us.

EX.I.T.E. Technology for Girls

is a series of workshops offered during the school year that expand upon camp and allow middle school girls with disabilities to participate hands-on in specific areas of science and technology.

Volunteer Opportunities

are available for EX.I.T.E. camp and the Technology for Girls Workshop Series. Volunteers must be creative, energetic, have wonderful classroom organization skills, and experience working with students with disabilities.

Are you ready to become the next female inventor???

Technology for Girls Events open now!

  • Technology for Girls: STEM Club, Web Design on Weebly - see flyer pdf icon
    Bring your creativity to PACER and learn how to design a website using Weebly. In this hands-on lab session the Green Girls robotics team will lead middle school girls with disabilities through the basics of web design. Participants will learn how these critical technology skills can be applied in the real world and will create a website using the drag-and-drop website editor Weebly. Beginners welcome.
    Saturday, June 04, 2016
    9:00am-10:30am (PACER Center)
    Register for this workshop

  • Technology for Girls: Digital Sandbox, Learn the Code - see flyer pdf icon
    Join us for a day of play in a digital sandbox! Middle school girls with disabilities are invited to join mentors from the University of Minnesota’s MnDrive program to see how fun programming can be. Join us to explore and learn about programming and wiring using a SparkFun Digital Sandbox. Learn the ins and outs of programming and help mentors build a robotic hand from 3D printed parts following instructions based on code you write! No experience necessary.
    Saturday, June 11, 2016
    10:30am-1:00pm (PACER Center)
    Register for this workshop


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