Girls of the Month

We had two Girls Tech “Girls of the Month”! Jaelyn and Jayda warm up to people are participating slowly. However, they learn to overcome that on their own initiative after being encouraged by their team. Now both of them actively engage in projects while they grow and learn to never “Stand in the corner.” Along with the black panther handshakes, the girls know that phrase well. It simply means that opportunities pass the people hiding in the corner.

Congrats to Jaelyn and Jayda!

These are just a few scenes from a mini play the girls put on. For the Women’s History, this group chose to reenact the Rosa Parks scene. Equipped with a camera and a little direction, they were able to catch a few black and white photos to make their scenes more realistic. At Girls University, we take research to a whole new level! No book reports here. XD
(Maddy B’s mom is watching to see if this is posted on social media, she loved it).

The Intern Perspective

Girls University is an amazing facility for young females.  This facility motivates young females to become great career women while building them academically in grade school. The facility prepares the young girls at early ages to decide what career paths they want to choose which eliminates the confusion once they reach high school and enter college.

Girls University motives the young females to believe in themselves .  The facility teaches the young girls they are beautiful no matter what they look like, what others say or the color of their skin; they are all equal. the young girls are taught to respect each other as females and they are team.  Most importantly this facility teaches them how to act and behave like a LADY!

The facility has wonderful employees to help lead each young girl along the way. Each employee has a wonderful attitude and great ambition to play a major part in teach and every young girl’s life. Each employee has a one on one with each girl and they know the good things and the bad things, the likes and dislikes of each young girl.

Not only did this facility motivate the young girls. It motivated me as an intern. Some of the basic things that were being taught to these young girls reassured me as young woman who may sometimes doubt herself or the choices I make that could affect my future. Interning at this site was a ‘bonus deal” and the best choice I could have made. I also learned a lot about myself as well. The things most of these girls learned will also stick with me as I also continue to pave my way into the world as a great career woman!

-Regina P, Intern 2017

GTech Girl of the Month

Happy Engineers’ Week… let’s celebrate by recognizing one of our upcoming STEM ladies…..

Trinity Thomas is GTech Girl of the Month! Trinity showed excitement, bravery, and willingness to do something daring! She (with help) wielded a circular saw during a field trip to the Techno Mancers workshop!

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GTech strives to highlight and celebrate when a kid takes initiative, tries new things, and engages her surroundings. Way to go Trinity!

There are plenty more to come! Next stop… Badges! Students will have the ability to earn badges upon completion of a field or experience! The best is yet to come!

Interested in joining our Girls Tech Club? Read more here.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Nights

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.

Darlington 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22
K5- 5TH @ 5:00 PM
6TH – 12TH @ 6:00 PM
DARLINGTON COUNTY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, 160 Pinedale Dr, Darlington, SC 29532

Florence
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23
6:30 PM
GRADES K5-6TH
Girls University, 1249 CELEBRATION BLVD, FLORENCE SC 29501

Hartsville
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23
6:00 PM
GRADES K5-6TH
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.

 

Put a Little Science in it

Shooting for the Stars this summer in Hartsville! (at Coker College)

The summer camp is off to a great start and our scholars have travel to new heights. Our scholars geared up to explore the world of Astronomy and they were not afraid to get those hands dirty while doing it. During this week, Girls University introduced its scholars to the world of stars and machine making. The scholars had the opportunity to learn the solar system, planets, and oxygen in space.

Some of the activities included the scholars making their own galaxies, and also making their own time capsules. The girls used masons jars and popsicle sticks to make it all while taking the opportunity to learn about galaxies. They also learn about mixing chemicals and learning the few ways EXPLOSIONS (safely) can happen. The scholars had the opportunity to make gummy worms dance. Who knew gummy worms had moves? The scholars used their new knowledge on chemical reactions to make the gummy worms dance.
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During this week the competition was on. The scholars had an opportunity to show off their structural engineering skills by splitting into groups and building their own structures.  The goals of these activities was to give the girls knowledge on Engineering, Astronomy, and Science. The girls learned all about teamwork, the engineering design process, and how a shooting star is made. Shooting for the stars is what Girls University is all about.

Summer Camps

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Welcome to Summer Camp 2017!

Girls University camps are centered around improving the well-being of girls. We believe in each girl’s individuality and intentionally focus on three key areas:
CREATIVITY,  EDUCATION,  PASSION

We work to create a safe, interactive and hands on environment that allows girls freedom to:
– Learn and master skills that nurture their passions, talents and potential.
– Bond with new friends and positive staff role models to create lasting memories.
– Know they belong so they feel welcome and free to express who they are.

WHAT DO WE OFFER? We offer a number of camps throughout the summer for girls! We have something for every girl, all summer long! You can attend one week or more, all summer.

Locations: Florence SC and Hartsville SC (Coker College)

Day Camps  – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm with full day option available (drop off starts at 7:30 am and 12:30 pm) lunch available in Florence only.

Twilight Camps – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (drop off starts at 6:00 pm)

 Download registration packet and bring it with you — Parent Enrollment Packet 2016-2017- Summer

Ready to register?
Registering for summer camp at Girls U is easy! Select an option below to complete the online registration process or simply reach out to a Girls U staff member anytime during operating hours or stop by 1249 Celebration Blvd, Florence, SC 29501 – (843) 407-7937!

To register for girls 5k-6th grade day camps: (Florence)
Eventbrite - Summer Camps for Girls Grades 5K - 6TH

TO REGISTER FOR HARTSVILLE COKER COLLEGE CAMPS:
Eventbrite - Summer Camps for HARTSVILLE SC

For questions about the registration process please contact Ashli Smart at
ashli@girls-university.com | (843) 468-4710

GIRLS UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES PRESCHOOL STEAM ACADEMY

“Mini Miss STEAM Academy”
Motivate. Inspire. Educate. TM 

Florence, SC – January 23, 2017- Afterschool program launches Florence’s first gender-based day academy to introduce pre-schoolers to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) “Girls University”.

Girls University was established to motivate, inspire and educate girls in the Pee Dee.  Identifying the need to provide girls with programming combine with specialized tools, allows for Girls University to create a model of success.  Understanding the shortage of women entering STEAM fields and the numerous career opportunities we decided to launch Girls U Mini Miss STEAM Academy.

Girls University are great supporters of the STEM movement and are always encouraging girls hoping they break out of those stereotypes and dive into fields that have not been historically filled by women. We know it’s not always easy, but we agree with exposure and support to solve the problem and offer more diverse offerings for students at a younger age in order to get all students hooked on science, tech, engineering and math as soon as possible in their education careers.

Girls University will host their grand opening for Mini Miss STEAM Day Academy on February 7th, 2017 at their location located at 1249 Celebration Blvd, 29501 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

About Mini Miss STEAM Academy

Mini Miss STEAM Academy is design to expose scholars ages 3k to 4k science, technology, engineering, arts and math to hands on activities offer twice a week.  We look to motivate girls to become the next video game or app developer, chemist or innovator.  The organization will open its doors with their first weekly sessions in February. For more information on Girls University, please visit http://www.girls-university.com or contact our National Program Director, Ashli Smart  843.468.4710.

Black Friday Deals

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Black Friday is upon us and we have some extra sweet deals for our friends and family.

USE CODE GIRLSU50

After School Academy : $25 weekly tuition until 1/1/17

*for newly enrolled girls only

To enroll in our after school academy, please call our Director of Programs – (843) 468-4710 or email ashli@girls-university.com


ALL Winter Camps are 50% off

*for girls not already enrolled

To see what winter camps we have coming up, visit here.  

American Girl Doll, Harry Potter, Knitting, Super Hero and Fashion are all awesome winter camps.

USE CODE GIRLSU50


BASIC Birthday Parties are 50% off

*must be used within 90 days

To book a birthday party, visit here.  

USE CODE GIRLSU50

All discounts end on 11/27/17 at 12:00 AM. Enrollments can take place after this period, but code must be reference during registration for after school academy or the camps. Must be used within 90 days.

GIRLS EXPLORE ASTRONOMY THROUGH STAR WARS

GIRLS EXPLORE ASTRONOMY THROUGH STAR WARS

Local Girl Scouts learned about astronomy by taking a closer look at the famous movie STAR WARS.  A workshop was held on Friday, September 30th, 2016 to expose young ladies to astronomy and the stars.   This event is part of an on-going initiative in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics and is coordinated by Ashli Smart, National Program Director for Girls University and Lucretia Brunson, Tiny Techz Area Director. The workshop was $15.00 and available to girls grades 4th – 8th.  The event was held from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Girls University, 1249 Celebration Blvd, Florence, SC 29501.  Dinner was included along with an exclusive STAR WARS STEM night t-shirt.  Eighteen girls participated in the workshop on STEM.

The STAR WARS exploration started under the leadership of Ashli Smart, National Program Director for Girls University.  Girls University is an interactive leadership and enrichment academy for girls who focuses in STEM, STEAM and other activities for girls. Girls introduced themselves and then began to create their own STAR WARS names.  The girls then completed a few SWAPS (Special Whachamacalits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere – a Girl Scout tradition).  Ms. Smart explained how to create their own SWAPS that featured characters from the STAR WARS movie.  Most of the girls created Yoda, an Ewok and/or R2D2.  The night was then turned over to Lucretia Brunson Florence Area Director for Tiny Techz, a local organization that provides innovative STEM education, while preparing youth for the 21st Century. Tiny Techz staff and Ms. Brunson engaged the girls with educational information regarding the importance of women in astronomy. Tiny Techz staff and Ms. Brunson completed a hands-on take home activity with the girls, Nebula Jars. Each girl created her own.  The girls were immersed with information about our galaxies and others as well as our solar system. Tiny Techz then connected the projects and information to the movie STAR WARS.

If you know a girl who would benefit from exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Mathematics, they may contact the Girls University at 843-468-4710 or Ashli Smart at ashli@girls-university.com.

Girls University is safe, interactive leadership and enrichment academy for all girls that focuses in STEM and STEAM. Visit www.girls-university.com for information on upcoming workshops, birthday parties, special events and more!