Girls for Science Orlando
Hi! We are Sweta Srinivasan and Divya Srinivasan, the founders of Girls for Science! Divya is an Art History major at the University of Miami and Sweta is a pre-med student at the University of Central Florida. We started Girls for Science in the summer of 2017 in order to combine our interests in activism and educational advocacy with our love for STEM.
In the Summer of 2017, GFS Orlando worked along with North South Foundation to teach students in India about the proper hand-washing technique. They visited a school in Mysore, and for 5 days, taught the students how to wash their hands well and how to stay healthy to prevent illness.
In the Summer of 2018, GFS Orlando visited Taralabalu Education Centre in India and taught the 8th grade girls about accomplished women scientists. Awards were also given to the 9th grade girls with the three highest scores in science.
In the Fall/Winter time of 2018, GFS Orlando held a 7-week STEM workshop about women in STEM. Students grades 1-3 had a great time participating in weekly activities relating to famous scientists!
At the beginning of 2019, Founders Sweta and Divya Srinivasan met with Representative Anna Eskamani of FL House District 47. They shared their mission and spoke about what communities can do to create more learning opportunities!
In the Summer of 2019, GFS Orlando visited two schools in India. In Mysore, India, they hosted a workshop about discoveries and inventions made by women. While in Chennai, India, they hosted a workshop about disease prevention and the proper hand-washing technique!
In the Fall/Winter time of 2019, we held a 7 week STEM workshop about the scientific method and how to conduct a science experiment. Students from grades 1-5 had a great time learning about how to ask a question, come up with a hypothesis, carry out a procedure, and create a conclusion based on their results!
In the Fall of 2020, in collaboration with CodeZ Girls, GFS Orlando hosted a virtual workshop on the importance of computer science, Artificial Intelligence, the World Wide Web, Android/iOS apps, and a bonus Python coding session!
In the Fall of 2020, GFS Orlando was part of FOCUS, a collaboration amongst five other education-based nonprofits, in order to host a college admissions panel. Students from private universities were invited to share their experiences and advice to viewers in order to provide insight to students around the world and assist in the college application process.
In the Spring of 2022, GFS Orlando collaborated with Spring Forward to create a virtual lesson titled “Health and Climate Change.” This lesson aims to provide viewers with educational insight into the relationship between one’s health and environmental justice.
In the Fall of 2022, GFS Orlando once again collaborated with Spring Forward. This lesson, titled “Minorities in Climate Change,” emphasizes environmental justice and activism, highlighting people of color who are working to create positive change for the planet.