Girls in Grades 4 through 8 Invited to Learn About STEM Opportunities

at Free TEC-SMART Event in Malta on Saturday, March 28

Girls in the fourth to eighth grades are invited to Girls in STEM, a free educational event featuring hands-on workshops designed to illustrate the fun side of science and technology. Workshop sessions will be mentored by women leaders and educators in STEM professions.

The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 at Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART facility at 345 Hermes Road in Malta. Check-in begins at 9 a.m.

The goal of this innovative program is to expose upper elementary- and middle-school girls to the many educational and career opportunities open in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, while also showing them STEM learning can be fun and exciting.

Participants will complete workshop projects focused on wind power, nanotechnology and other clean energies.

Girls in STEM is sponsored by Hudson Valley Community College and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), along with partner support from Ballston Spa Central School District, GE, Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Center for Economic Growth (CEG), CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CNSE CMOST), Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci), Century Solar, Girls Inc., SD Atelier Architecture, LLC and WMHT.

STEM fields are wide open to women, who in turn are creating new career paths that deviate from traditional routes, according to studies by the Atlantic Monthly Report.  Women engineers, for instance, are seeking to use their education and skills as a means to improve the world.

“As we move forward with 21st century education, we must target girls who have an interest in science and technology and show them how they can put that into a career that is rewarding and satisfying,” said Carolyn Curtis, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hudson Valley Community College. “We hope to start them thinking about STEM career directions while they are in the lower grades, so they can explore all the opportunities that exist for them and begin early to develop their interests.”

Regional job growth is steadily headed into occupations that require Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, and is expected to continue this way for at least five more years, reports the New York State Department of Labor.

"New York, under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, is seeing a tremendous growth in tech-related business and innovation. A STEM education will prepare students for the rapidly growing opportunities available in New York’s clean tech economy," said Janet Joseph, Vice President for Innovation and Strategy, NYSERDA. "We are building the clean energy workforce of the future, and through these educational programs girls will have the opportunity to create a solid foundation upon which to build a STEM career."

Carly Bejian demonstrating a solar oven.Carly Bejian demonstrates a solar oven.