A STEM-BASED APPROACH TO ENGAGING AND EMPOWERING 8TH - 12TH GRADE GIRLS
Eureka! is a five year Girls Inc. program that brings 8th - 12th grade girls, including many who will be first generation college applicants, onto local college and university campuses for an intensive STEM summer program.
The Girls Inc. Experience empowers girls to succeed. Girls Inc. provides girls with trusting, mentoring relationships, a girls-only environment, and research-based, hands-on programming. Three critical goals drive our programming: to help girls achieve healthy lives, succeed academically, and acquire the life skills needed to prepare them for adulthood. Our work ensures girls' participation in programs and activities that support and expand on their school-based learning and engagement. It is also important that girls are motivated to set and achieve educational and career goals, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Eureka! Summer Camp
FREE for girls ages 13-16 years oold
Dates: July 8th - August 1st (Monday-Thursday)
Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
Location: St. Francis College
180 Remsen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact Outreach To Sign Up!
email@example.com or 212-531-7620 x.410
ABOUT THE EUREKA! PROGRAM
Girls Inc. of New York City is excited to launch our Eureka! program! Eureka! is a STEM-based approach to engaging and empowering 8th - 12th-grade girls to see themselves as an important part of the workforce of the future. During the Eureka! program, girls get to participate in a variety of exciting and compelling activities that explore STEM - nanosciences, robotics, DNA research, forensic science - through hands-on experiences in a college campus environment. With complementary activities in sports and physical fitness, healthy living, and financial literacy, Eureka! fully fosters educational, professional, and personal development.
Eureka! is a five-year program that brings girls, including many who will be first-generation college applicants, onto local college and university campuses for an intensive summer program. As Eureka! continues through the school year, cohorts of 30 girls stay together throughout the course of the program, sharing hands-on, minds-on, untimed and ungraded opportunities for guided exploration and skills and knowledge building.
Girls Inc. Eureka! is designed to connect girls to comprehensive experiences that will help young women
Display academic motivation and self-efficacy
Have self-confidence with respect to STEM
Make healthy choices about physical activity
Participate in leadership and/or volunteer opportunities
Starting before the summer of their 8th grade year, girls will participate in
A 4-week summer learning camp at a local community college for the first and second years, including educational, experiential, and fun STEM activities, healthy choices, personal development, and sports activities
Monthly STEM Learning Events, complemented with weekly Girls Group programming
Mentoring, post-secondary preparation, and internship placements for third, fourth, and fifth year participants
Eureka! helps girls understand STEM career opportunities and be well prepared to join the community's workforce in these fields. Without intervention, girls' interest and confidence in STEM-related fields can begin to wane as early as elementary school. Between 4th and 8th grade, more girls than boys begin to turn away from science, technology, engineering, and math, making it critical to engage girls in middle school before they begin making selections for the high school classes they need to pursue in STEM careers. The issue is not just about curiosity in the subject matter, but also confidence in the skills needed to do the work. For girls, building self-assurance in their abilities in STEM areas early in their education is key, as is ongoing reinforcement throughout high school.
The successful Eureka! program is a community-wide effort that thrives on partnerships and interaction with schools, community-based organizations, and local businesses and corporations. Girls need exposure to real career opportunities and Eureka! incorporates multiple internships during the high school years. Local partners also provide volunteer support, field trips, and funding for the program, ensuring that girls meet role models and mentors who provide support and inspiration.
“We did so many hands-on activities like building our own robots and doing courses to help us get more used to the robots.
As the weeks would go on we would learn about other things that had to do with STEM.
Some of these things include cells, life sciences, math, and animals.
Eureka! really blew my mind. I feel so grateful that I have the chance to be in this program!
— Nia, Girls Inc. National