Girls of Innovation

Girls of Innovation

The Girls of Innovation Science Challenge is CTC’s annual event for girls, entering grades 7 & 8, to experience science and its challenges in a fun, interactive way.

Girls of Innovation inspires 7th and 8th grade girls to consider careers in STEM through hands on, interactive activities led by real world tech professionals. The girls will have the chance to work alongside their peers as well as impressive volunteers who are currently working, or studying, in STEM fields. Volunteers are made up of Covidien-Medtronic employees as well as professionals from CTC’s member companies and the Women of Innovation program.

“The Connecticut Science Center feels strongly that this type of project is essential for Connecticut’s future science and technology workforce” – Hank Gruner, Vice President of Programs at the Connecticut Science Center.

Quick Links:
Event Photos
2015 Recap
2015 Event Program

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2015 Event Agenda

  • 8:30 -9:00am | Arrival, Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:30am | Opening Presentations and activities
  • 9:30 -10:30am | Science Challenges in Exhibit Galleries: five, 10-minute rotating challenges
  • 10:30-11:15am | eesmarts wind turbine challenge
  • 11:15-12:00pm | Covidien science exploration
  • 12:00-12:30pm | Wrap-up and team challenge results
  • 12:30-1:30pm | Lunch and genius box challenge
  • 1:30 – 2:45pm | Science center free exploration
  • 2:45 – 3:00pm | Parent pick up and event conclusion


Mentors talk with students about their experiences and careers and guide them through the challenges created by the CT Science Center Staff Scientists. If you would like to be a mentor at this year’s event please register as a mentor. We thank you for your commitment to inspire young girls to consider careers in STEM.

2015 Recap

RECAP: 2015 Girls of Innovation Science Challenge

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Thanks to the 2015 Girls of Innovation volunteers as well as Covidien, eesmarts, and Genius Box for leading activities and being on hand to help guide the girls of innovation through the day’s activities.

We couldn’t have done it without you!

“Now I know who I want to be when I grow up.” – Anonymous GOI attendee 

Read the Full Event Recap | View Images

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 What People are Saying About Girls of Innovation

“As chair of the CTC’s Women of Innovation Planning Committee, I am thrilled that CTC is the catalyst to bring these powerful groups together to establish Girls of Innovation. The next generation–girls and boys–need to recognize women as leaders in science and technology.GOI landing pge 3

That is a lesson best learned by experience. What better way to demonstrate progress than by bringing women mentors together with students with a common goal in a FIRST Robotics competition. Inspiring girls to continue their education, and ultimately pursue careers, in science and technology can only happen through exposure to creative and innovative thought in a fun and challenging setting, such as the FIRST Robotics competition.

By establishing Girls of Innovation, CTC is demonstrating once again its commitment to its mission, which benefits all of Connecticut’s citizens. Girls of Innovation lives up to its name, and puts us further down the path toward a culture of innovation.”

Beth Alquist
Chair of the Women of Innovation Planning Committee
Partner at the law firm of Day Pitney LLP

“Spurring growth through creative invention will be a key objective of many companies in the next decade as it will provide the necessary fuel to address challenges in energy, healthcare, and global infrastructure realms. The solutions to these challenges will evolve and mature over many years and our bright and talented youth will drive the bus on this.

Our nation’s mission to develop the next generation of leaders in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics will depend on stimulating interest from our university, high school, and even elementary / middle school pupils. This program is designed to galvanize our youth around invention and creative thought.

CTC is proud to provide fuel to this program as a stimulus for innovation in our next tier of leaders.”

Chuck Pagano
Chair of the CTC Board of Directors
VP of Technology, ESPN



*The Connecticut Technology Council reserves the right to take both still and live photography at events. Footage may be used for future marketing purposes.

Event Details

Event Date
June 13 2015

Event Time
8:30AM - 2:30PM

Event Location
250 Columbus Blvd Hartford, CT 06103

Contact Information

Presenting Sponsors

  • Medtronic

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