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Girls in STEM - Wildlife Crossings

This program has been rescheduled to Nov. 6-8, 2020

Girls will learn about all aspects of civil engineering through the prototyping of wildlife bridges to support wildlife travel across roadways. Throughout this program, participating girls will learn about wildlife habitat, migration patterns, and how human and wildlife needs are taken into consideration through the design of wildlife corridors.

This program will be supported by the Summit County Safe Passages and the Colorado Department of Transportation who is currently designing a wildlife corridor on the east side of Vail Pass. This corridor will serve as the scenario for the overall program and project.


When: 11/6-8, 2020
Registration Closes: TBD
Who: Girls, Grades 3rd to 12th
Where: Keystone Science School
Rate: $175
(includes lodging, meals, programming, and use of supplies and technology)
Scholarships Available for $50 and are awarded to those who express economic need and a passion for the program.

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Sample Schedule

Students are not provided dinner on the first evening. Please ensure they have eaten prior to arrival. This program schedule may change based on the availability of our STEM Mentors.

Friday, March 27th
6pm Arrival & Program
7pm STEM Mentor Presentation: Wildlife Corridors
Saturday, March 28th
8am Breakfast
9am Design Thinking Process: Civil Engineering
10am Understanding the User: Wildlife Habitat and Human Requirements
11am Prototyping
12pm Lunch
1pm Design & Test
6pm Dinner
7pm STEM Mentor Presentation & Documentary
Sunday, March 29th
8am Breakfast
9am Complete Prototypes
11am Parent Presentation and Pick-up

STEM Mentors

  • Julia Kintsch, Engineer
  • Julia Jung, Structural Engineer
  • Ashley Nettles, Wildlife Biologist with U.S. Forest Service, White River National Forest - Dillon Ranger District
  • Michelle Cowardin, Wildlife Biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Elissa Slezak, NW Region Land Use Specialist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Wildlife Biologist and Game Warden
  • Danielle Neumann,  Land Use Specialist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Martha Miller, CDOT Engineer
  • Karen Berdoulay, CDOT Residential Engineer
  • Julie Curnutte, Engineer

High School Mentors

The Girls in STEM High School Mentors program is open to any students currently in 9-12th grade and is designed to encourage continued engagement within STEM. Our High School Mentors serve as role models for our younger Girls in STEM participants while also participating in a specialized curriculum aimed at developing leadership skills, increase self-awareness and confidence, and learning about STEM career paths. Our High School Mentors can participate in our Girls in STEM weekend programs for $50 and our day programs for $5.

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safe passages us forest service co parks and wildlife cdot