Tour Your Future

Participant with manikin at RISE Center

This participant experienced what it’s like to be a nurse practitioner at Robert Morris University’s RISE Center!

Do you love science, technology, engineering or math? Do you want to make a career out of that love, but don’t know where to start? Maybe you’re interested in investigating places for summer internships on your days off from school?

If you have questions about STEM careers, we have answers! Tour Your Future is a career exploration program that give girls in middle and high school an opportunity to meet female professionals who work in various organizations. The program shows girls that they can find a place in science by introducing them to diverse STEM careers, from avian zoologists and accountants to software engineers and surgeons!

Participant with starfish at CMU

This participant at Carnegie Mellon’s Hinman Lab had the opportunity to observe and hold a starfish while learning about marine biology.

Typical tours include a guided tour of the host site’s facility, a question-and-answer style session with women professionals, and a fun hands-on activity related to the work that professionals do at the host site. 

Participant at MSA

An engineering project manager from MSA displays how new technology can help firefighters in times of need.

To register for tours, please call 412. 237. 1637.

Tours are open to girls ages 11-17 and are $5 per girl. Both individuals and groups are welcome.

Payment for individuals is due at time of registration. If you are registering an organization or school group, payment and attendee names are due NO LATER THAN 2 weeks prior to the event. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

All tours are on site at the specified locations. These are NOT at Carnegie Science Center. After registration is complete, you will receive an informational email approximately one week prior to the tour date with specific arrival and tour details.

Spring 2017 Tour Schedule

Human Engineering Research Laboratoriespitt_logo

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1:00 PM- 3:00 PM


HERL is a world-class research and development site, as well as a reputable source of testing data for wheeled mobility devices. Its mission is to increase the independence and mobility of people with disabilities through the application of technology and biomechanics. During this tour, you will visit their labs and have the opportunity to explore the lab’s projects. Learn how to operate an advanced-control robotic arm/manipulator and test some different types of manual and powered wheelchairs, including a pneumatic scooter prototype! You’ll also be exposed to real-world problems and the solutions that researchers have developed, such as robotic assisted power chairs, a “smart” kitchen, and the next steps in advancing recreational equipment to ensure a high quality of life.

Capacity: 20 girls max


Allegheny Observatory
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Have you ever looked up in the night sky and wondered about our place in the universe? Are you curious about where stars come from, what black holes are, or what the Big Bang is all about? Tour the Allegheny Observatory with Dr. Sandhya Rao, an astronomer from the University of Pittsburgh, who will answer all of your questions and more. Get up close with both historic and modern telescopes and learn how astronomers study the Universe.

Capacity: 25 girls max

Allegheny Observatory

UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex (Cranberry)

Friday, February 17, 2017lemieux sports logo

1:30 PM-4:00 PM

This elite, first-of-its-kind facility was built for every sort of athlete. It features a sports medicine clinic with 24 private patient rooms, a physical therapy gym overlooking the Penguins practice rink, aquatic therapy, on-site MRI and x-ray imaging, two full-size hockey rinks, a sprinting track and batting cages. Meet Dr. Melissa McLane, Assistant Team Physician for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Dr. Kelly Anderson, Concussion Specialist. Learn about these and other careers in sports medicine AND go skating on the ice!

Capacity: 60 girls max

UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex

NOVA Chemicals

Monday, February 20, 2017nova chemicals

10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Have you ever wondered how the new laptop you ordered online made it safely to your front door? We all know package handling can be a little rough, so that’s why the Beaver Valley site works hard to create packaging material to ensure your fragile items make it from point A to point B safely and undamaged. More than that, the Beaver Valley site also develops materials used in items for a fun day at the beach, like a boogie board or your foam cooler. Take a tour of the Beaver Valley site to learn about expandable polystyrene and ARCEL®, foam resins that are in items we touch and use nearly every day. Visit their labs to see how the polymers are made, view a demo to learn more about the products, help scientists turn polymer beads into prepuff using a bucket expander, and speak with women scientists and technologists about their careers.

Special note: Attendees must be at least 14 years old to attend this tour.

Capacity: 15 girls max

NOVA Chemicals



1:00 PM- 3:00 PMkennametal logo

Kennametal Inc. is a global industrial technology leader delivering productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Come and tour their technology center which includes a visit through their pressing and sintering operations, test and demonstration center, as well as their metal cutting, coating and material labs. Spend the afternoon learning what they make and how they make it from powder to shape to final tooling solution, and learn about digital manufacturing through a hands-on experience.

Capacity: 15 girls max



Thursday, March 9, 2017

10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Covestro is a leading producer of polymers and high-performance plastics. Their products range from raw materials for polyurethanes to high-performance polycarbonates and precursors for paints, coatings, adhesives, and sealants. As a leading materials supplier for the building and construction industry, Covestro’s vision is to make the world a brighter place with products and technologies that promote sustainability and reduce the impact on the environment. During this tour, you will see the machines that create these products, visit the labs, and conduct a hands-on experiment, all while interacting with Covestro’s women scientists and engineers.

Capacity: 15 girls max



University of Pittsburgh- Department of Biological Sciences

Saturday, March 11, 2017pitt_logo

10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

*This tour has been rescheduled from the fall semester 2016.

Biofuels are hot topics in alternative energy. Go prospecting in the lab to see how research scientists search for an enzyme needed for biofuel production in fruits and vegetables. Get hands-on practice with lab techniques, and meet the woman researching to find the next great energy source!

Capacity: 15 girls max

University of Pittsburgh- Biology


Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
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Monday, March 13, 2017

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Come tour the special areas of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and meet several Animal Keepers and Aquarists to learn more about these exciting career fields. Get the opportunity to ask questions, explore zoo jobs, and get the inside scoop of what it is like to work at a zoo! You will also make enrichment items for some animals, including sea otters!

Capacity: 20 girls max

Pittsburgh Zoo

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Department of Plastic Surgery

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

The Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh is one of the largest plastic surgery departments in the country.  There are approximately 20 lab members who range from undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, to post-doctoral fellows, lab technicians and research faculty.  The lab routinely isolates adult stem cells from human fat leftover from cosmetic surgeries. During the tour, you will be able to watch that process and tour their biomaterials laboratory where you can learn how to prepare biodegradable nerve guides that can be implanted to repair large nerve defects.

Capacity: 15 girls max

University of Pittsburgh- Department of Plastic Surgery

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Centerpsc logo

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh that provides researchers across the country with access to the most powerful computing systems for solving the largest and most challenging problems in computational science and “Big Data.” Did you know information is being collected about you daily? This “Big Data” is changing the way information is collected and used by companies. You will work with a sample research problem in computational or data science, high performance computing that supports the research, and the networks that carry data and enable collaboration and presentation. Female PSC scientists will present how PSC is all about problem-solving.

Capacity: 15 girls max

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

cmu logoAIA Architectsaia

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Join a female architect, interior designer, project engineer, and project manager for a peek into the crazy world of large capital construction projects. Tour Carnegie Mellon’s two major Forbes Avenue construction projects in different phases: The Tepper School of Business, a giant concrete structure that will be ready to be enclosed and the Tata Consultancy Services building, which is in the excavation phase. Get an up close look at the blueprints architects use when designing, check out at the software that helps them to create 3D models, and do a hands-on activity.

Capacity: 20 girls max

AIA Pittsburgh

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Time TBD


BoXZY invents and builds robots that 3D print, laser engrave, and CNC mill. When you visit our factory, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how the BoXZY Team assembles an entire robot from start to finish and talk to the women that create, test, and program BoXZY Robots. You’ll see some BoXZYs in-action 3D printing, laser engraving, and cutting and learn how a bunch of metal parts can be transformed into a robot that can create anything. During this tour, you’ll use BoXZY’s laser to customize your own piece of jewelry to take home.

Capacity: 8 girls max



Thursday, April 20, 2017Swanson School of Engineering logo

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Come and visit the Swanson School of Engineering where you will get a glimpse into their First Year Engineering Program! This program, in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh, has newly renovated, state of the art buildings and labs. Test your wits, and try to build a MaKey MaKey! With a MaKey MaKey anything that conducts electricity can be turned into a button for your computer, even a banana! Come meet some current engineering Ambassadors as they give you a tour of the facility, and answer any questions you may have about this exciting field!

Capacity: 20 girls max

Swanson School of Engineering

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Robertson/Wang Labs

Friday, April 28, 2017

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Robertson and Wang Labs at Pitt Bioengineering are working together to build a regenerative prosthetic blood vessel. The prosthetic vessel is made of a plastic that breaks down in the body like dissolvable sutures. As it degrades, the body builds up a new blood vessel in its place. This prosthetic may one day help people who need coronary (heart) or peripheral (leg) bypass surgery. During the tour, you will see how the prosthetics are manufactured from hair-thin strands of plastic, how the team tests them for strength before and after implanting them in their animal models, and how they evaluate the new vessels that form using electron microscopy, light microscopy, and X-ray-based CT scans. Come and see electrospinning, and help set up the mechanical testing of the grafts. Observe how the grafts turn into arteries by looking at them under the microscope. See the biological evidence of the grafts converting into arteries through imaging modalities! You will also get to talk to Dr. Anne Robertson and Dr. Yadong Wang, who are both professors in Bioengineering, about their career paths and answer any questions you have about pursuing a career in STEM.

Capacity: 15 girls max

University of Pittsburgh- Bioengineering

Robert Morris University-rmu logo

School of Nursing

Friday, May 19, 2017

10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Tour the Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center and experience how nurses and healthcare clinicians are educated!  The tour includes: 4 high fidelity simulation rooms, a home health suite, 4 control rooms, and 3 debriefing rooms. You will have a hands on experience running the manikins and you will learn basic CPR compressions and ventilations with bag-valve-masks. Be part of a fully immersive CPR scenario and debriefing procedure using their high tech manikins and recording equipment. Participants can choose to be in the control room to see the technical side of running the manikins in simulation or the provider side, taking care of a patient in trouble.

Capacity: 12 girls max

Robert Morris University- RISE Center



To register for tours, please call 412.237.1637.

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For Professional Women in STEM Fields

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