GEMS has expanded to include experience for girls in the realm of "Making", or helping them to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, math, art, and learning as a whole through making. (MakerEd Initiative)
Here is a great article on why we need to be exploring this with our girls now.
Grants are available from many of these organizations, and supplies are often furnished. And the girls have fun.
RESOURCES for MAKING
Pages of resources from K-12 MakerEd
Makerflux -- high-level for girls who really get into it.
Project H -- a fabulous program for learning to build
Manufacturing Camps -- many are specifically for girls
MakerFaires-- the greatest collection of people "making"
Renovated Learning -- a great resource for making
Many hands make light work at a Take-Apart Day
Girls learn electronics with Squishy Circuits.
Northern Virginia girls take apart en entire photocopier during the Mini-MakerFaire.