Pittsburgh, Sept. 24, 2015 – Carnegie Science Center’s Girls Rock Science Weekend, on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4, is designed to get girls excited about and engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pursuits. Women make up about 50 percent of the workforce in the United States but hold only 25 percent of STEM jobs, and Carnegie Science Center is working to reverse this disturbing trend through a wide range of programs, including Girls Rock Science Weekend.

Over the weekend, girls will be able to participate in STEM Chats, offering a first-hand look at the day-to-day careers of science professionals.

On Saturday, Oct. 3 only, “NCIS: Los Angeles” star Renee Felice Smith, who plays Nell Jones on the hit TV show, will headline the event and will meet and talk with families.

STEM professionals from dozens of local organizations, including Carnegie Mellon University, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Society of Women Engineers, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, will present hands-on activities related to their fields. Girls will be able to talk and ask questions to all STEM professionals onsite.

Girls who have participated in Science Center STEM competitions, such as the Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair and the Future City Competition, will bring their projects to display and discuss with visitors.

Other activities include Omnimax films featuring the work of pioneering female scientists. Films Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees and Born to be Wild are available for a few dollars more. These films follow Jane Goodall, Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, and Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick as they each respectively nurture, rehabilitate, and return chimpanzees, orangutans, and elephants back to the wild.

An extra special activity on Sunday, Oct. 4 will invite visitors to Mission Control at the Science Center. During PNC Park pre-game activities, Carnegie Science Center staff will launch a weather balloon containing a special box. Then, back at the Science Center, they’ll track the STRATOSTAR balloon’s trajectory to the edge of space and back to Earth. As the balloon reaches the stratosphere, it will pop and float back down to Earth on a parachute. Carnegie Science Center’s chase team will try to retrieve the box, and Mission Control will receive data directly from the STRATOSTAR.

Girls Rock Science activities, excluding Omnimax movies, are included with general admission. Activities will run from 10 am – 4 pm both days.

Girls Rock Science is made possible through its title sponsor Williams. It is presented by Verizon in partnership with KDKA-TV.

About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.

About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by Andrew Carnegie 120 years ago, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.3 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.