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Educating girls in grades 5-12 to Think Critically, to Lead Confidently, and to Live Honorably


Girls must learn how to take risks.

Girls need inquiry-based and project-based learning.

Girls need to know why their work matters.

Girls must develop 3-D spatial skills.

Girls must be able to see themselves in STEM careers.

We are working to end the gender gap in STEM.
One girl at a time.

We know how girls learn best

Taking Risks: Learning to fail and remembering #notperfect

Engaging in inquiry-based and project-based learning

Tying learning to a higher purpose: Invoking empathy

Building 3-D spatial skills

Connecting with role models: Girls must see themselves in STEM majors and careers



Vision and missioN

The vision of the Center for STEM Education for Girls and the STEM Consortium is a world without a gender gap in STEM.

Harpeth Hall is proud to take the lead in STEM education for girls. Our approach is inquiry-focused, project-based and student-centered. Girls learn to take risks, engage with scientific thinking and the engineering design process, and build the confidence to apply their understanding to the world’s problems.

Working together toward a shared mission, we provide opportunities for girls to broaden and strengthen their STEM skills through participation in curricular opportunities, co-curricular teams, interdisciplinary programs and external partnerships, including summer camps, institutes and conferences.  

The Center and the Consortium focus on creating best practices, programs, and curricula that support girls STEM education and sharing that teaching and learning with other schools for replication. By providing leadership, expertise, advocacy, and innovation, the Center and the Consortium equip schools to graduate the next generation of women in STEM. 


What is a Center at Harpeth Hall?

Each Harpeth Hall Center is a mission-driven area of concentration established to address priorities in girls' education with agility and creativity. Transcending the scope of a single discipline, these centers engage students and faculty in research, innovation, and collaboration as they seek solutions to the challenges facing our world.

What is the origin of the Center for STEM Education for Girls?

The Harpeth Hall Center for STEM Education for Girls was established in 2011 with a five-year grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation along with match funding from a broad group of generous donors committed to promoting STEM education for girls. Now in its 9th year, the Center is well-established and working to end the gender gap in STEM, one girl at a time. 

The STEM Consortium is comprised of leaders and educators across the country who are collaboratively committed to furthering the mission of closing the STEM gender gap. The first annual STEM Consortium meeting was held in November 2011.


Our Girls Code

Our Girls CODE: Empowering Harpeth Hall students with skills for the future is the feature article for Hallways Spring 2017 issue. As an all-girls school, Harpeth Hall is uniquely positioned to liberate students from a computer science genderization that might otherwise limit them. 

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First Lego League Robotics Club

Lego League robotics focuses on applying coding, engineering, and teamwork to accomplish missions using the Lego Mindstorm robots. Teams also identify and solve a problem concerning the Lego League theme for the year. Previous themes have included how to be an animal ally, solving the world's trash problems and human exploration of space. Harpeth Hall has stood out at both the regional and state level, earning awards each time we have competed demonstrating the power of girls in coding and engineering design. 

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Science Quiz Bowl

Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Organized by the Department of Energy, the competitions consist of fast-paced question-and-answer contests between two teams of high school students, with topics on a wide range of topics, including biology, math, chemistry, physics, energy, astronomy, and earth science.

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