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Energy Radiates from the Girls STEM Summit

The Girls STEM Summit Statewide is a gathering for high school girls who are interested in pursuing STEM degrees and exploring STEM career choices. A day-long event, the Summit brings girls from across the state together with women who work in a wide range of STEM fields. 

This year’s Summit will be held at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts on Sunday, April 2, 2017. 

“While many other programs provide exhibits that feature hands-on learning activities, what’s unique about the Summit is the way it focuses on expanding girls’ horizons about STEM career paths,” says Phyllis Russell. Russell, who has always been passionate about STEM, is the executive director of Jr. Tech, the nonprofit that hosts the event. “We aim to inspire through role modeling.”

Besides getting to meet female professionals in STEM fields, participants explore post-secondary STEM education and high school requirements, interact with other girls with similar interests, and delve into hands-on career track breakout sessions. 

The Summit comes at a critical decision-making point in high school—a time when it’s important for girls to continue taking STEM-based courses so they are prepared and ready to apply for STEM degree programs. That’s why, Russell tells us, these messages are woven through the day’s events:

Continue taking STEM classes in high school

You have many career path choices in STEM fields

You can be our next generation of female STEM professionals

There are personal benefits to earning a STEM degree (i.e. earnings potential, etc.)

What happens when girls see themselves in these future STEM careers? We especially liked what Russell and her colleagues at Jr. Tech had to say to that: “the energy that radiates from the attendees, the presenters, and teachers is amazing!”

Can you see yourself, your daughter or family member going to the Girls STEM Summit? Registration is now open for girls in grades 8–12. To learn more about the summit and see event details, visit: http://juniortech.org/2017-girls-stem-summit/

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