STEM Equity

Keystone Science School to Host Girls in STEM Retreat

The Keystone Science School will host a Girls in STEM: Tech Retreat, where participants will create their own stop-motion animation film, November 10-12.

The second annual, overnight and weekend-long retreat is open to girls in grades 5-9 and is part of the Keystone Science School's Girls in STEM initiative. Girls in STEM offers a variety of programs, each with a unique theme, that bring young professional women in STEM careers to work as volunteers and mentors to younger girls.

For this year's retreat, Keystone has partnered with Laika Entertainment, the stop-motion animation studio behind Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings, among others.

"Throughout this year's program girls will learn about the design thinking process, film making and strategies to overcome the present gender barriers found in STEM careers," according to a news release. "The participating girls will show the first draft of their short film at a community showing of Kubo and the Two Strings in collaboration with the Breckenridge Film Festival at the Frisco Adventure Center at 7:00pm on November 11, 2017."

Participation, which includes meals, lodging, programming and supplies, costs $150 per student. For more information, or to register for the retreat, visit

Based in Colorado, Keystone Science School is a nonprofit organization that offers day, overnight and camping field trips, teen leadership and other camps, teacher resources and training and a range of other educational opportunities for students and educators. More information about the Keystone Science School is available at

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].