CEO & Founder, STEAM Village, Amazing Girls Science
Norwalk, Connecticut

Harnessing the power of older mentors to help girls complete science fair projects and ignite their interest in science and technology

“I am passionate about bridging two divides: the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math and the generational divides preventing us from solving problems together.” 


A research study by the American Association of University Women on the lack of women in science careers prompted Dr. Cynthia Barnett to join the movement to empower girls in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). She is the co-founder and CEO of Amazing Girls Science.

Cynthia is passionate about bringing opportunities to young girls to ignite their interest in STEAM fields, get them ready to meet 21st century challenges in science and technology, and build core life skills, including self-confidence, self-esteem, curiosity, problem solving and risk taking.

In recent years, books and articles on aging have inspired her to join a second movement to bridge generational divides. In 2021, she created STEAM Village, a mentorship program that brings older adult mentors to help young girls complete science fair projects. 

Cynthia is the recipient of the inaugural AARP Purpose Prize, which recognizes people over the age of 50 who have “used their wisdom and experience to revitalize their lives and make the world a better place.” The Connecticut Technology Council has honored Dr. Barnett with its Community Innovation & Leadership Award.

She has a master’s in education and a doctorate in administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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