WINS in Costa Rica

Women In Natural Sciences (WINS) is a free after-school and summer science enrichment program that has introduced hundreds of high school women to future careers in science and other professions through hands-on science workshops, career and college exploration, and positive youth development.

Since its founding in 1982, WINS has provided young women with the information, encouragement, and confidence they need to shape their futures. The program’s mentoring and support have resulted in 100% of WINS students graduating high school and over 96% attending college. In addition to a strong emphasis on academics and science, WINS also provides a uniquely nurturing environment, a community of like-minded friends, and experiences not typically found in school.

This year, WINS received a $50,000 grant from the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for Innovation in Environmental Science Education in recognition of its cross-cultural conversations on climate change. Last spring, the funds helped 16 WINS sophomores and juniors travel to Costa Rica to study climate change in relation to biodiversity. The students visited many different ecosystems, including the beach, scrub forest, lower forest, rainforest, and cloud forest. Upon their return they created lessons on Costa Rican biodiversity for presentation in museum programs.

The Academy is extremely proud of the accomplishments of our WINS students. Click here to learn more about the students and their amazing achievements. Below we share a few pictures from their latest travels to Costa Rica!

Students ready to climb

Student on ropes course

Student wearing helmet

Students catching insects

Students in front of trail signage

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