Tour Your Future
Tour Your Future invites girls and non-binary youth ages 11–17 to discover unique and exciting careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Meet female+ STEM professionals and experience what it’s like to work in a variety of industries ranging from healthcare, environmental science, vaccine research, agriculture technology, and more!
Spring 2022 Tour Schedule
*Due to changing COVID-19 safety measures at each facility, please note that tours may be canceled, changed to a virtual format, or reduced in capacity.
4900 Friendship Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Monday, February 21, 2022
Come behind the scenes at the STAR Center and experience firsthand the operations of a simulated environment as you learn the training needed to become a healthcare professional. You will be immersed in an interactive and engaging two-hour tour as you learn how simulators, task trainers, and augmented reality machines help to create a virtual clinical experience. Participate in simulated scenarios in a nursery, operating room, ambulance, and critical care area. You will experience learning coming alive.
Bidwell Training Center — Horticulture and Agriculture Technology
1650 Metropolitan Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Bidwell Training Center offers no-cost, post-secondary training for all Pennsylvania students with a high school diploma or GED. They offer six distinct programs: Culinary Arts, Horticulture Technology, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing/Coding, and Chemical Laboratory Technician. During the tour, learn about the Horticulture and Agriculture Technology Program and visit the Drew Mathieson Greenhouse where you will explore the different ornamental and food plants they grow for the Pittsburgh region. You will also learn about their unique horticulture training program for adults in the region. Talk with the resident greenhouse grower, senior director of horticulture and agriculture technology, and horticulture instructors about their journeys in horticulture and plant science. Then get hands-on repotting herb plants and learning about plant parts. You’ll even create your own small, wicking hydroponic system to take home!
Braskem Innovation and Technology Center
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Braskem is a global producer of thermoplastic resins and basic petrochemicals, with 40 plants worldwide and around 8,000 team members. In the US, Braskem is the largest producer of polypropylene plastic. During this virtual event, learn how Braskem’s Innovation and Technology team in Pittsburgh work toward creating new sustainable solutions within the plastics industry. You will interact with scientists and engineers in their day-to-day research environment and have the opportunity to tour their processing and analytical labs. Learn the chemistry, manufacturing, and application of plastics and create a polymer of your own!
Special Note: A materials kit for the hands-on portion of this event will be available for pick-up at Carnegie Science Center.
1 Covestro Circle
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Covestro is a leading supplier of premium polymers. Their materials and applications solutions are found in nearly every area of modern life. Innovation and sustainability are the driving forces behind the continuous development of their products, processes, and facilities. You will have the opportunity to tour one of Covestro’s global innovation hubs and learn about raw materials for a diverse range of manufacturing industries, including automotive, construction, and electronics. After a career talk with influential women scientists and engineers, learn how to create your very own polymer worm to take home.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
800 Pinkerton Run Road
Oakdale, PA 15071
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Get hands-on while learning the science behind how Pittsburgh Botanic Garden transformed land polluted by coal mining into a beautiful, habitable botanic garden! Pittsburgh Botanic Garden sits on 460 acres of land that was once actively mined. Acid mine drainage seeping from abandoned mines polluted various waterbodies in what is now this picturesque garden. Today, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden inspires people to value plants, garden design, and the natural world by cultivating plant collections of the Allegheny Plateau and temperate regions. Garden staff create beauty and ecological benefits while educating about gardening, conservation, and natural resource management. During the tour, participants will visit different habitats – including the award-winning Lotus Pond – with Garden staff, and use simple tools to collect data on the plants and animals that now call the site home. Students will also learn about green careers in science, education, and horticulture.
Special Note: This program will be conducted outdoors. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear and be prepared to get your hands dirty!
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Frick Environmental Center
2005 Beechwood Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15217
Saturday, April 9, 2022
The Frick Environmental Center is a welcome facility, education hub, and gateway to Frick Park. Free and open to all, this cutting-edge facility enhances visitor experience and inspires learners to discover one of Pittsburgh’s largest parks. The Frick Environmental Center serves learners of all ages and serves as the classroom base for programming that extends into the surrounding park woodlands, streams, meadows, and trails. The tour will focus on the seven petals of the Living Building Challenge and the technologies that allow the environmental center to achieve living building status, including being net-zero energy and net-zero water. Hands-on nature-based activities will showcase environmental education in action.
Special Note: This program will be conducted largely outdoors. Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear are recommended.
Philips Healthcare – Sleep & Respiratory Care
6400 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Monday, April 11, 2022
11 am–1:30 pm
You may have not given much thought to why we sleep or how we breathe, but imagine you didn’t sleep well or couldn’t take a deep breath. What would that feel like? What would it stop you from doing? At Philips Sleep and Respiratory Care, their goal is to help every person sleep and breath better and their teams develop innovative solutions to help people function at their best. During the tour, you’ll spend time with people in a variety of roles, including engineers and product managers, and hear about a day in their lives and their career paths. You will also engage in a hands-on activity to design your own solution to a real-life problem they are tackling today!
University of Pittsburgh: Center for Vaccine Research
Biomedical Science Tower 3
3501 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
10 am–1 pm
Visit the Center for Vaccine Research for a unique opportunity to talk to the experts on viruses, vaccines, and the immune response. During the tour, you will explore the laboratory space and learn about all the training that goes into working with pathogenic viruses. You will meet women immunologists and virologists at all career levels and learn what it’s like to be a scientist. You will also have a chance to chat with some of the most influential women at the center and get their take on what it’s like to be a woman in science!
Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a pharmacist? Visit the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy where you will get the opportunity to take a tour, interact with faculty and staff, and get all your questions answered about this enthralling career field. You will have the chance to compound an ointment, observe a demonstration of Sim Man (a human replica that can mimic a heart rate and blood pressure), and test out your skills when you participate in a mock emergency room scenario that requires pharmacist intervention and involvement!
Can I go on a tour? Tours are open to individuals and groups ages 11–17. Cisgender girls, transgender girls, non-binary youth, gender nonconforming youth, genderqueer youth, and anyone who identifies as female is welcome.
What will I do on a tour? Typical tours include a guided tour of the host site’s facility, a Q&A session with women+ professionals, and a hands-on activity related to the work done at the host site.
How much does a tour cost? All tours are $10 per student. A limited number of need-based scholarships for individuals and groups are available. To request a scholarship for an individual, please complete this application . To request a scholarship for a school group, please fill out this application .
How do I sign up? Register online at https://carnegiesciencecenter.org/programs/tour-your-future/ or call 412.237.3400 to book your spot.
What if the tour is filled? If the tour you’re interested in is filled, please call 412.237.3400 to be added to the waitlist. You will be notified if spaces become available.
Where do I go for the tour? All tours are on site at the specified locations, or on a virtual meeting platform. 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.
For Professional Women+ in STEM Fields
If you are a cisgender woman, transgender woman, non-binary individual, gender nonconforming individual, genderqueer individual, or anyone who identifies as female working in STEM, we would love to meet you! You’re just one click away from inspiring some of our next great STEM professionals! Please take the time to fill out this form to host a Tour Your Future event at your place of work.
Tour Your Future No-Call No-Show Policy
Participants must cancel their spot at least one week in advance if they are unable to attend. If any participant is a no-call no-show two times during a semester, that participant will be unable to register for future tours.
Questions? Please contact Shannon Gaussa at GaussaS@carnegiesciencecenter.org for more info.