Youth pods are local chapters of 500 Women Scientists for girls/women in Elementary, Junior High, or High School. Every youth pod is associated with a school and has an adult sponsor at that school (usually a teacher). 

Questions? Check out our FAQ section below! And feel free to email us (youthpods@500womenscientists.org) with any other questions, concerns, or ideas! We would love to hear from you.

FAQs

What is a pod?

  • Pods are local 500 Women Scientists chapters

  • We name our chapters “pods” as a nod to whale pods, signifying good teamwork and collaboration. 

  • Anyone can join a local pod or can start one if it doesn’t exist in their local community. 

  • What is a youth pod?

    • Youth pods are local chapters of 500 Women Scientists for girls/women in Elementary, Junior High, or High School. Every youth pod is associated with a school and has an adult sponsor (usually a teacher). 

  • How do I find a pod in my area?

    • Fill out the Youth Pods survey on this page. 500 Women Scientists will then reach out to you and help you get connected with a local youth pod. If there are no youth pods in your area, we will provide the necessary tools for you to start a youth pod!

  • What do I need to start a youth pod?

    • An adult sponsor (an adult that works for the school where the youth pod is established, can be a teacher or administrator). 

    • An institutional email address for the sponsor.

    • Passion for science, leadership skills, and volunteer time to plan activities and events.

    • Follow the link above and fill out the sign-up form. The 500 Women Scientists youth organizing team will get an automatic email notification and follow up within a week to begin the process of starting the new youth pod. 

    • Questions? Email us at: youthpods@500womenscientists.org and we will help get your new youth pod setup.

  • What happens after I graduate?

    • Hopefully, you’ll have other people in your pod that will be willing to help your teacher-sponsor plan events for the next few years. If not, the teacher sponsor is fully responsible for the youth pod until they find/designate a new student to help plan events. If no one is interested in running the pod, it will go on hiatus until more students are interested again.

  • What are some activities other youth pods are doing?

    • Youth pods organize activities that help students explore STEM careers, work on equity and justice together, and develop broader outreach events.

      • Ex: Boulder CO Youth Pod organized a speed mentoring event with the local 500 Women Scientists pod

      • Ex: Speakers for classes

      • Ex: Interviewing local scientists

      • Ex: Organizing specific presentations in local libraries

    • As long as the activities fall within the mission of 500WS, youth pods can organize whatever event(s) would be beneficial! 

  • How do I connect with an adult pod?

    • Check the 500 Women Scientists Pods page to see if there is already a local pod in your community. If so, reach out to one of the pod coordinators and see if they will collaborate (we can help you get connected).  

    • If there is no active 500 Women Scientists pod in your community, email us youthpods@500womenscientists.org and we can help find some connections in your area. 

    • Feel free to ask local biotechs, college professors/graduate students/undergraduate students, …  to see if they will volunteer their time.



Always feel free to email us (youthpods@500womenscientists.org) with any questions, concerns, or ideas! We would love to hear from you.