Tour Your Future at the STAR Center

This participant at The STAR Center experienced what it feels like when people develop arthritis in their hands.

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!

Student operating a surgical robot at Allegheny General Hospital

This participant was given the opportunity to operate a surgical robot at Allegheny General Hospital.

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. 

To register for tours, please call 412. 237. 3400.

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.

If your daughter(s) is unable to attend any scheduled tour, please contact 412-237-3400 to cancel your reservation at least one week in advance. Space is limited, and we have a waiting list for tours. We want as many girls as possible to have this exciting opportunity.

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.

Fall 2018 Tour Schedule

Is the tour you want to book sold out? Call in and ask about being added to our waitlist!

AHN – Allegheny General Hospital: COMPLETEDAHN Allegheny General Hospital Logo

Thursday, September 13, 2018

9:00 amNoon

320 East North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Come visit Allegheny General Hospital where you will observe an open-heart surgery from their enclosed observation dome. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to use the endoscopic camera to harvest veins from an artificial leg. You will also get the chance to see and use surgical instruments, while learning and practicing how to tie surgical knots.

Special notes:

Attendees must be at least 14 years old to attend this tour. Attendees must be able to navigate stairs to the observation dome. There is no elevator.

Capacity: 15 girls max


ModCloth: COMPLETEDModCloth Logo

Monday, September 17, 2018

10:00 amNoon

2250 Roswell Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Would you consider yourself a fashionista? Do you enjoy buying clothing online? Ever wonder how and who makes that all possible? Come see the magic behind the tech-savvy fashionista mavens at ModCloth. This digitally native brand is innovative and rapidly growing. ModCloth’s lifestyle-driven assortment includes its signature line of feminine, vintage-inspired apparel, offered in a full range of sizes (XXS-4X) at price points with surprising value. Through groundbreaking technology, social media, and customer involvement, they are creating a brand that’s disrupting the world of social commerce. Meet the women who work behind the scenes to bring this brand to life. Check out how smarts and style combine in the same career!

Capacity: 15 girls max


Human Engineering Research Laboratories: COMPLETEDhuman engineering research laboratories logoUniversity of Pittsburgh logo

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Altruism, engage!

1:003:00 pm

6425 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

HERL is a world-class research and development site, as well as a reputable source of testing data for wheeled mobility devices. Their mission is to increase the independence and mobility of individuals with disabilities through the application of technology and biomechanics. During this tour, you will visit their labs and have the opportunity to explore numerous ongoing 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


Covestro: COMPLETEDCovestro Logo

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

10:00 amNoon

1 Covestro Circle, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

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


Allegheny County Health Department: COMPLETEDHealth Department Logo

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

10:00 amNoon

542 Fourth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play. Come visit the Allegheny County Health Department where you will meet women who work in nursing, epidemiology, IT, Air Quality Engineering, and microbiology. These ladies will host a panel discussion to answer all of your burning questions surrounding public health. You will also participate in a Stop the Bleed activity with their emergency preparedness coordinator. Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign intended to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Learn how to properly secure a tourniquet and dressings on yourself and others if it should ever be needed. You can act as an immediate responder and save lives if you know what to do! If the weather cooperates, we will also take a short walk to the Allegheny County Health Clinic for a tour of the facility. Learn the daily operations behind this immunization clinic and see how their facility benefits the general public.

Capacity: 25 girls max


University of Pittsburgh, Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Pittsburgh logo

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

10:00 am-Noon

250 Crawford Hall, 4249 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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 micro pipetting, colorimetric assays, and spectrophotometry.  Meet the women researching to find the next great energy source!

Capacity: 15 girls max


Prototype PGH: SOLD OUTPrototype PGH Logo

Saturday, October 13, 2018

1:00 PM- 3:00PM

460 Melwood Avenue, Suite 208, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Prototype PGH is a feminist makerspace that is committed to increasing economic opportunities for women in Pittsburgh through training in technology and entrepreneurship. They provide access to tools and equipment such as 3D printers, screen printing, sewing machines, and laser cutters. Come visit this space and see how Prototype PGH got started, and learn about how you can become an entrepreneur too! During the tour, you’ll get to use some of their hands-on technology when you design and screen print tote bags!

Capacity: 15 girls max


MicrosoftMicrosoft Logo

Thursday, October 18, 2018

10:00 am1:00 pm

30 Isabella Street, Suite 202, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. During the tour, you will interact with Microsoft personnel to gain exposure to careers in business and technology, and get an inside look at what it’s like to work at Microsoft. Come meet female professionals that will discuss information about technology and business roles. Engage in a thought-provoking exercise when you get to participate with Minecraft Coding using Microsoft’s MakeCode platform, and witness interesting Microsoft product demonstrations.

Capacity: 40 girls max


Mecco Partners, LLCMecco Logo

Friday, October 19, 2018

10:00 am- 12:45 pm

290 Executive Drive, Suite 200, Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

When it comes to manufacturing, we often don’t think about what makes up the products that we see every day. For instance, did you know that the average car has about 30,000 parts? It’s important that each of these parts are marked with specific information so that they can be identified. This process helps manufacturers prevent issues so that products are as safe as possible. MECCO has been a recognized leader in developing products for permanent marking and traceability for over 128 years. Their team of engineering, operations, and production professionals work to create innovative laser engraving machines for their customers in the automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, and other industries. Come visit Mecco and see a demonstration of a custom-built laser. Plus, use a laser and computer software to customize a pen to take home!

Special notes: Lunch will be provided on this tour.

Capacity: 25 girls max


ALung TechnologiesALung Technologies Logo

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

1:00 pm3:00 pm

2500 Jane Street, Suite 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

ALung Technologies is a start-up medical device company that is commercializing artificial lung technology developed at the University of Pittsburgh. ALung designed and now manufactures a revolutionary device, called the Hemolung Respiratory Assist System, which provides lung support for people suffering from forms of severe respiratory failure. During the tour, you’ll be able to see how the device is manufactured, tour the test lab where the performance of the device is evaluated, and learn about an exciting clinical trial that is just beginning here in the United States. You’ll also learn how to “prime the circuit”, when you get the opportunity to set up the actual system. You’ll work with a group to connect the circuit to a real catheter that has been inserted into a mannequin, mimicking how the Hemolung device works.

Capacity: 15 girls max


Braskem: SOLD OUTBraskem Logo

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

1:00 pm3:00 pm

550 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Braskem is a global producer of thermoplastic resins and basic petrochemicals. In the US, Braskem is the largest producer of polypropylene plastic. Learn how Braskem’s Innovation and Technology team in Pittsburgh work toward creating new sustainable solutions within the plastics industry. You’ll interact with scientists and engineers in their day-to-day research environment. You will learn the chemistry, manufacturing, and application of plastics and create a polymer of your own!

Capacity: 15 girls max


Carnegie Mellon University, Hinman Lab: SOLD OUTCarnegie Mellon University Logo

Saturday, November 3, 2018

10:00 amNoon

Mellon Institute, 4400 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Take a look at life in the ocean – on a microscopic level. Visit the Hinman Lab to make cultures of marine invertebrate larvae. Investigate tissue regeneration with these amazing creatures and see the diversity of species that exists in our oceans. Dr. Veronica Hinman will show you the amazing variety of life in a drop of sea water.

Capacity: 12 girls max

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Pittsburgh Life Sciences GreenhousePittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse Logo

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

1:00 pm- 3:00 pm

2425 Sidney Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Are you interested in starting your own company? Do you want to work for a startup company that creates life-saving technologies to improve the health of all humanity? Do you have a bold idea, like the next app that tracks your sleep patterns or heart rate? If so, then come and spend the day with the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse to learn about new and exciting life sciences technologies, and learn the process by which an idea becomes a successful product that is ready to be launched into the market. You will have the opportunity to meet with Life Sciences “super-women” who are changing the region and world by improving the health of humanity! You will have a shared lunch with these “super women” and hear about their experiences, and then go on a guided tour into one of our companies’ facilities! Over lunch you will have the opportunity to test various prototypes!

Special notes: Lunch will be provided on this tour.

Capacity: 30 girls max


Michael Baker International, Inc.: SOLD OUTMichael Baker International Logo

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

10:00 am 1:00 pm

100 Airside Drive, Moon Township, PA 15108

Michael Baker International provides a variety of engineering and consulting services including: design, planning, architectural, environmental, construction and program management. Michael Baker is committed to delivering a standard of excellence that fosters a culture of innovation, collaboration and technological advancement to help solve their clients’ complex challenges. Come meet the women who design and engineer cool structures, like bridges, roadways and buildings, solve complex environmental challenges, and creatively transform spaces through interior design. Join Michael Baker International’s female experts for a fun, interactive session and discover how you can make a difference in your community with a career in engineering, science, and design.

Special notes: Lunch will be provided on this tour.

Capacity: 15 girls max


Duquesne University- Forensic Science and Law Program: SOLD OUTForensic Science and Law Logo

Friday, November 16, 2018

10:00 am- Noon

913 Bluff Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219           

Do you like crime shows like CSI and Law and Order? Come visit Duquesne University’s Forensic Science and Law Program to learn the truth about CSI and forensic science. You’ll see how forensic science plays an important role in the criminal justice system. You will visit the Forensic Chemistry and DNA laboratories to learn about equipment and techniques used to analyze evidence. During a Q&A session with faculty and current students, you will discover what it takes to become a forensic scientist. Additionally, you will dig into some hands-on activities, like fingerprint development and comparison, so you know what it feels like to be a forensic scientist.
Capacity: 20 girls max



University of Pittsburgh, Department of Human Genetics: SOLD OUTUniversity of Pittsburgh logo

Saturday, December 1, 2018

10:00 amNoon

130 DeSoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Are you interested in biology and human genetics? Are you curious about human development and diseases? Come meet Dr. Beth Roman and see how her laboratory uses zebrafish in biomedical research focused on blood vessel development and disease. Her research is focused on understanding how mutations in specific genes misdirect arteries and veins causing them to form direct connections, instead of being separated by a network of tiny capillaries. Believe it or not, the zebrafish, which you may have in your home aquarium, is an excellent model for understanding human development and disease. During the tour, you will learn how to use a fluorescent stereomicroscope to peer into the miniature world of the zerbrafish embryonic heart and blood vessels!

Capacity: 10 girls max


Duquesne University School of Pharmacy: SOLD OUTDuquesne Pharmacy Logo

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

9:00 amNoon

600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a pharmacist? Come 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, which is 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!

Capacity: 15 girls max



To register for tours, please call 412.237.3400.

For Professional Women in STEM Fields

If you are an awesome, snazzy, and smart woman working in STEM, we would love to meet you!  You’re just one click away from inspiring some of our next great scientists! Please take the time to fill out this form to host a Tour Your Future event at your place of work.

Questions?  Please contact Tina Seidelson at for more info