STEM for Girls
Girls Inc. of the Berkshires, a core program of the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, has launched a new program for girls entering eighth grade that begins on Monday, July 9. The Eureka! program encourages girls to explore STEM-related subjects through a five-year program developed by the Girls Inc. national organization.
The Eureka! program engages girls entering eighth grade beginning with an intensive, no-cost, four-week summer program where they explore a variety of hands-on activities in science, math and technology. Girls participate in exciting and compelling activities directed by college professors and Girls Inc. staff, take field trips to see jobs in STEM-related fields first hand and take part in activities that promote healthy living and financial literacy. The summer program is the first step in a five-year program that continues throughout each school year and summers including another four-week college campus experience, paid internships and support navigating the college application process.
Currently, some openings remain for girls entering eighth grade in the fall who have an interest in exploring science, technology and math. The four-week program begins on Monday, July 9 and runs week days from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, Aug. 3. There is no fee associated with the program and transportation to and from the Gladys Brigham Center on East Street in Pittsfield is included. Lunches are provided through arrangement with the Pittsfield Public Schools.
The Girls Inc. Eureka! program has received significant funding from Berkshire Gas Company/Avangrid Foundation, Cranwell Spa & Resort through the Hyatt Thrives Community Grant Program, Massachusetts Banker’s Association and General Dynamics Mission Systems making it possible for girls to participate in the program for no charge. For additional information about the Eureka! program or for an application, contact Sidney Hamilton, Eureka! Program Coordinator at 413-442-5174, ext. 19.