Rising Stargirls is an organization dedicated to encouraging girls of all colors and backgrounds to bring their whole selves to the learning, exploration, and discovery of astronomy.


Universe: More Than Meets the Eye

Facilitator: UCI/UCLA/Harvard Astronomer, Astrobiologist, and TED Fellow

Dr. Aomawa Shields

Created for middle-school girls (grades 6-8) from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences (American Indian or Alaska Native, African-American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander), this workshop will explore constellations in the night sky, planets in and outside of our solar system, and the unseen mysteries of the universe. We will use writing, theater, and games to process what we learn and discover. Bring your open minds, your own stories, and a sense of adventure!

TEACHERS: Activities in this workshop can be done in your classrooms to complement an existing science curriculum, or as an after-school program. And it’s free of charge (funding provided by the National Science Foundation)!

For more information or to schedule a future workshop, email Dr. Aomawa Shields at shields@uci.edu

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. 1401554, and Grant Nos. DGE-0718124 and DGE-1256082. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.