LOCAL AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM FOR GIRLS PARTNERS WITH LOCAL AGENCIES TO INTRODUCE UNDERSERVED ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS IN THE PEE DEE TO ENGINEERING DURING NATIONAL ENGINEERING WEEK
“GIRLS UNIVERSITY: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Nights”
MOTIVATE. INSPIRE. EDUCATE.
“Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math.”
— President Barack Obama, September 16, 2010
Florence, SC – January 17, 2018- Girls University, the Pee Dee’s only gender STEM afterschool program launches initiative to connect undeserved elementary and middle school girls to Engineering.
Women are a highly unrepresented in Engineering within the United States. They continue to remain a minority as STEM careers in the United States continue to increase. In 2015, women made up less than one-quarter (24%) of those employed in STEM occupations in the United States. Those numbers reflect a substantial gender gap in engineering and computer occupations especially for women of color. Asian, Black and Latinas women made up slightly less than 10% of working scientists and engineers. In 2016, women in the United States represented on 4.2% of architecture and engineering occupations.
Understanding these numbers are national, we have to create ways on a local level to expose Girls to STEM at an early age. It’s important for Girls University to partner and collaborate with agencies; Hartsville Chamber of Commerce, Darlington Chamber of Commerce, Darlington County Institute of Technology, South Carolina Department of Commerce (Florence Regional Office) and Hartsville YMCA to connect girls to STEM with free engineering workshops during Engineering Week, February 18-24.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22
K5- 5TH @ 5:00 PM
6TH – 12TH @ 6:00 PM
DARLINGTON COUNTY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, 160 Pinedale Dr, Darlington, SC 29532
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Girls University, 1249 CELEBRATION BLVD, FLORENCE SC 29501
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23
HARTSVILLE YMCA, 111 E Carolina Ave, Hartsville, SC 29550
These workshops are designed to motivate, inspire and educate girls in the Pee Dee about the endless opportunities associated to STEM.
About Girls University
Girls University is design to motivate, inspire and educate girls regardless of race, background and social status about STEM. We look to motivate girls to become the next scientist, engineer and technologist. For more information on Girls University, please visit http://www.girls-university.com or contact our Regional Director, Ashli Smart, 843.468.4710.