2020 Girls


2020 Girls provides a safe and supportive, fun, girls-only space to explore, create, collaborate and lead while building both proficiency and confidence in STEM subjects like science and math where there is a major deficit

Program Type

Curriculum/Instructional Materials
Hands on/Project-Based
Informal /Out of School

Target Audience


Black/African American


Low Socio-Economic Status




Grades 6 - 8

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Program Overview

Inspiring girls to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is critical to the Lansing area. 2020 Girls Clubs prepare middle school girls (ages 9–13) for success in the year 2020 and beyond.

Participation in 2020 Girls helps girls develop concrete skills that serve them well in school and future careers. Courses in robotics, game design, and programming require students to learn new concepts, hone existing skills, and put their theoretical knowledge into immediate practice. Relevant skills include computation, spatial reasoning, computer programming, functions/graphing, math and science literacy, and artistry. All of these skills contribute to academic success, and as today’s professional landscape evolves, employers are coming to value them more than ever.

How To Get Involved

ITEC is always looking for female speakers and field trips! Please reach out if you are interested in volunteering your time.


Kirk Riley, Executive Director


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Design Principles

The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against the Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.

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Overarching Principles

  • Need

    Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.

  • Evaluation

    Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.

  • Sustainability

    Ensure work is sustainable.

  • Replication and Scalability

    Demonstrate replicability and scalability.

  • Partnerships

    Create high impact partnerships

  • Capacity

    Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.

STEM Principles

  • Challenging and Relevant Content

    Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience

  • STEM Practices

    Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.

  • Inspiration

    Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.

  • Under-Represented Groups

    Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.