2014 Girls of Innovation | Recap

The 2014 Girls of Innovation program was our best yet! Close to 40 7th and 8th grade girls made their way to the Connecticut Science Center on the morning of June 7 to experience first hand the benefits of studying and working in STEM related careers. Our volunteers, all women successful in science, technology, engineering and math, were quick to show the young women of this years Girls of Innovation event under their wing. Questions were answered, challenges were met and memories were made.

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The day started early with a gourmet breakfast of french toast, fresh fruit, smoothies, granola, juices and tea. After each girl had her fill of the early meal we jumped straight into science 14394894031_105a3fc159_bchallenges consisting of both existing science center exhibits and Covidien’s life science’s challenges. Despite a large breakfast everyone was ready when the pasta bar lunch was finally served. After lunch the girls enjoyed some social time with their mentors in order to ask questions and discuss the the benefits and challenges associated with careers in STEM. After the discussions the girls were ready for more hands on activities including a scavenger hunt and free time in the science center exhibits. The program concluded with a group led demonstration of a Genius Box experiment and each girl went home with her own Genius Box Challenge.

We would like to give a special shout out to Covidien and the many volunteers who made this event so special. The Connecticut Technology Council is proud to inspire young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math and will continue to do so for many years to come. At the conclusion of this year’s event one of our girls of innovation spoke up and said to her mentor, “Now I know who I want to be when I grow up.” Thank you volunteers for planting the seed of STEM in the women of tomorrow!

 

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