Our Mission

The Spark mission is to ignite imagination, confidence, and action in girls and young women. 

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Spark is a series of short films about young women encountering greatness in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). In each film, we travel to a different time and place to see a real women from history through the eyes of an everyday girl. 

Each Spark story is accompanied by an online curriculum of engaging projects, challenges, and experiments designed to bring key concepts to life and deepen the viewer's experience.

Countless women have made outstanding contributions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. They inspire young minds to innovate and extrapolate – and to dare greatly.

The Creators

 
 
 Left to right: Cristina Pippa (Co-Creator), Matthew Deery (Producer), and Maribeth Romslo (Co-Creator) on the set of Amelia. Photo credit: Tanner Morris

Left to right: Cristina Pippa (Co-Creator), Matthew Deery (Producer), and Maribeth Romslo (Co-Creator) on the set of Amelia. Photo credit: Tanner Morris

 
 

Maribeth Romslo is a director, cinematographer and producer who believes that stories have the power to change the world. Her feature film Dragonfly was selected for "Best of the Fest" at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. In 2015, she produced a feature-length documentary, Our Journey Home, about how home shapes us, with celebrity narrator singer-songwriter Jewel. She recently directed and produced Handmade*Mostly, an original web series about creative women in the Midwest that she created in collaboration with Reese Witherspoon's media platform, Hello Sunshine. She is currently working on a documentary with students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida about the power of young voices. 

Award-winning and commissioned playwright Cristina Pippa worked in a cancer researcher’s lab counting irradiated cells. Her play Cell Cycle is published in full and in several scene anthologies. She completed her B.A. and the Creative Writing Program at Columbia University in New York and her M.F.A. at the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop, where she received the Iowa Fellowship for the Arts and the Norman Felton Fellowship to participate in Sundance Theatre Lab. She is the recipient of a 2015 Artist's Initiative grant for Prose and has co-directed two short films and a series pilot.