To help girls realize the potential in STEM and themselves.


Equitable opportunities for all girls to be difference makers in STEM and beyond.

We Believe

Design Connect Create cultivates a culture where persistence is expected, curiosity is encouraged, risk is rewarded and creativity is applauded. These are our values…

Today’s girls have equal potential to be tomorrow’s STEM leaders.

STEM activities help girls to build problem-solving skills, courage and resilience that will serve them in any career.

Girls will achieve in STEM when they have equitable opportunities to see its impact and believe in their potential.

Connecting girls with female STEM professionals and role models is a powerful way to show girls the possibilities for their own futures.

STEM professionals are DESIGNERS and CREATORS who CONNECT the world to innovative solutions

Our Results

By empowering more young women to take rigorous math and science classes in high school, they will be prepared to choose a STEM major in college. Our camps are designed to keep more young women in the STEM education pipeline in order to create a talented and diverse STEM workforce. The first camp, offered in Dallas ISD in the summer of 2003, was funded by High-Tech High Heels and the Texas Instrument Foundation. Since that time, thousands of young women have attended physics camp. In 2014, President Wanda Gass formed Design Connect Create, a 501(c)3 non-profit, in order to expand the delivery of the camp to other school districts.

Our Girls Are More Likely to Choose STEM

A longitudinal study of high-performing females who graduated from Dallas ISD in 2006, showed that women were 2.5 times more likely to earn a four-year college degree and 4.7 times more likely to earn a 4-year college degree in science or engineering if they had attended physics camp.​

2018 Camp Report

Summer of 2018, Design Connect Create hosted 10 two-week physics camps, and 230 young women across the state of Texas actively participated! Camps were in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Duncanville, Mesquite, Grand Prairie, and also at Rice University (Houston), and UT Dallas (Richardson). We encourage you to download our report to learn more about our 2018 summer program.

Our Team

Denise Strickland

Executive Director

Danielle Moore

Director of operations

Wanda Gass

Development Manager

Our Board

Kanika Carver

Kanika Carver, Chairman

Member Since 2016

Lauren White, Secretary

Member Since 2021

Rick Wyman, Treasurer

Member Since 2016

Dani Cook Barrows


Debjani Biswas

Member Since 2020

Rick Wyman


How could you help us?

Are you looking to serve the community outside of the board room? If you are interested in serving as an advisor, board member, fundraiser, or volunteer at-large, contact us! We need active volunteers to help us reach our goals. Share your skills with us and help us reach and inspire more girls in STEM.