We encourage girls of all colors and backgrounds to bring their whole selves to the learning, exploration, and discovery of the universe.

By integrating creative strategies such as free writing, visual art, and theater exercises, we've created a new, innovative astronomy curriculum that addresses each girl as a whole by providing an avenue for individual self-expression and personal exploration that is interwoven with scientific engagement and discovery. 

Watch Founder and Director Dr. Aomawa Shields' TED-Ed Lesson:

Should we be looking for life elsewhere in the universe?


Next West Coast Rising Stargirls Workshop Scheduled for Fall 2016!

"The Universe and Me"
An Astronomy and Art Workshop

September 27 - October 20, 2016
Tuesday and Thursdays 4 - 6 pm

YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley
50 N. Hill Ave, Unit 301
Pasadena, CA  91106

This workshop, designed for young girls between ages 10 and 15, will explore constellations in the night sky, planets in and outside of our solar system, and the unseen mysteries of the universe. We will be using writing, theater, visual art, and our own personal stories and lives to process what we discover. Feel free to bring with you a sense of adventure and curiosity, as well as your own unique background!

To register, please visit the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley and download the registration form.

Watch TED Talk of Founder and Director Dr. Aomawa Shields:

"How we'll find life on other planets"

"NSF Fellow Pairs Art, Astronomy to Hook Girls on Science"

Education Week, March 18, 2015


Banner image credit: Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Riess (STScI and JHU), D. Jones and S. Rodney (JHU),
S. Faber (University of California, Santa Cruz), H. Ferguson (STScI), and the CANDELS team


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Rising Stargirls Founder Dr. Aomawa Shields (Photo: Martin Cox)

Rising Stargirls Founder
Dr. Aomawa Shields (Photo: Martin Cox)

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