Girls Inc. To Hold 14th Annual SMART Girls Summit

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Girls-Inc-Strong-Smart-and-BoldOn Friday, June 10 from 9am to 1pm, Girls Inc. of Lynn will host its 14th annual SMART (Science Math And Relevant Technology) Girls Summit.

This career awareness event is aimed at increasing girls’ interest and participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), while also building their awareness of the wide range of career options available to them in these fields.

More than 100 middle schools girls from Greater Lynn are invited to the SMART Girls Summit. Throughout the morning, girls attend several workshops covering topics such as HTML code, veterinary medicine, forensic crime, and aeronautics.

“The SMART Girls Summit is always a wonderful way to educate and inspire girls about STEM and the wide range of career options available in these fields, ” says Deb Ansourlian, executive director of Girls Inc. of Lynn.

The workshops show girls that math, science, and technology can be fun and exciting through hands-on experiments and “Aha!” moments. Each workshop is facilitated by a successful woman from the region and draws on her area of expertise. Each woman also shares her story of how she became interested in STEM, how she prepared for her career, and what challenges she overcame. Cell Signaling Technology, Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory, the New England Veterinary Oncology Group, Salem State University, Keurig, General Electric, Deloitte, and Warner Babcock Institute are some of the businesses who will represented this year. This year’s Summit will conclude with keynote speaker Hae Won Park, Ph.D., a distinguished expert in robotics who is a postdoctoral associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab.

The SMART Girls Summit also serves as a kick-off for the Eureka! summer program. Eureka is a free, six-week, full-day STEM and sports summer program for rising seventh, eighth, and ninth grade girls. Girls participate in two STEM classes each day, a daily personal development session called Mi Vida, Mi Viaje, and two hours of sports and swimming. The girls also go on weekly expeditions related to their classes to places such as the Northeastern Marine Science Lab in Nahant, the Museum of Science, and the MIT Museum and Media Lab. Girls who successfully complete the Eureka program are eligible for a paid internship the summer before tenth grade.

Girls Inc. is located at 50 High Street in Lynn.

For more information, call 781-592-9744.

Girls Inc. of Lynn is a nonprofit organization based in Lynn, Massachusetts, and an affiliate of the national Girls Inc. model. Girls Inc. of Lynn aims to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold by meeting the needs of girls in the community, developing their capacity to overcome the effects of discrimination and be self-sufficient, responsible members of the community. By providing girls aged 5-18 with after-school and summer programs tailored to their needs, Girls Inc. of Lynn has served as a vigorous advocate for all girls in the surrounding North Shore communities since 1942.

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