Close your eyes and picture a scientist. What do you see?
The most common description among school children is an old White man with messy hair, glasses, and a lab coat. Children are inundated with stereotypical portrayals of STEM professionals in the media and society. These stereotypes can influence interest in entering STEM fields among students who don't see themselves represented.
CAGIS uses a variety of elements that have been demonstrated by research to engage under-represented groups in STEM. We take a multi-faceted approach that includes making STEM fun and hands-on, going behind-the-scenes into real STEM locations, providing non-stereotyped role models, and exposing youth to a diversity of STEM topics.
99% of participants would recommend CAGIS Virtual to a friend
94% of alum survey respondents are currently studying or working in STEM
12,000+ interactions with youth per year
150+ STEM events per year
What our families say about us
"I am excited to be part of an organization which advocates for girls like me who love science and provides us with challenging activities."
ShifaCAGIS Teen Ambassador
"CAGIS offered a positive and encouraging environment that allowed me to be myself and enjoy science with my peers. I got to do so many neat things that I never would’ve had a chance to do otherwise."
My experience with CAGIS opened my eyes to the breadth of career opportunities in STEM. Events ranging from laparoscopic simulation to building race cars from simple materials were among the many sessions that contributed to my exploration of STEM. My time with CAGIS was instrumental in steering my path toward engineering and medicine.
Want to help us achieve our goal?
There are many ways to get involved from donating to volunteering or even hosting an event.