Middle School Girls in STEM

Fostering interest in STEM from a young age

Building a pipeline for future female innovators in the cleantech space

LACI’s Middle School Girls in STEM Program is focused on building out a pipeline for future female innovators in the STEM + Sustainability space, a complement to LACI’s Women in Cleantech Program, focused on advancing female founders with distinctive support and resources.  Women are underrepresented in clean technology due to several barriers, including the dearth of women role models, the perception that it is a male-dominated field, and a lack of encouragement from educational institutions to pursue cleantech careers.

LACI aims to directly address this challenge by lighting a spark for middle school girls

particularly those from underrepresented groups and in disadvantaged communities

Engaging middle school youth

LACI’s Middle School Girls in STEM Program inspires girls through hands-on prototype development to address real-world problems, community engagement, and ultimately, solutions for global climate change.

The program engages middle school girls around the relevance of school (especially math and science) to future achievement and gives them the opportunity to learn more about the climate crisis and ways they can make an impact, now and in the future.In 2020, we launched our inaugural Middle School Girls in STEM virtually, engaging 22 talented young innovators at 2 partner schools.


LACI’s Middle School Girls Program broke up the monotony of school, gave the girls the opportunity to apply science in a real tangible way, and increased the girls’ self-efficacy.

Ms. Kelsey Hillis

Cohort 1 Teacher

It was important for the girls to see women and women of color in these spaces, so that they could see themselves as agents of change in making the world a better place.

Ms. Jilian Davenport

Cohort 1 Teacher

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