AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM INTRODUCES GIRLS TO STEAM — TO OPEN SECOND LOCATION IN HARTSVILLE

“GIRLS UNIVERSITY” — AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM THAT INTRODUCES GIRLS TO STEAM — TO OPEN SECOND LOCATION IN HARTSVILLE

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

Hartsville, SC – July 30, 2019- Girls University, Florence’s first gender-based afterschool academy, is scheduled to open their second location in Hartsville on August 19, 2019. Partnering with the City of Hartsville Parks and Recreation Department, the second location will utilize the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center to continue their mission of introducing girls to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).  

Girls University’s initiative is designed to motivate, inspire and educate girls in the Pee Dee region to become products of success, not society.  Identifying the need to provide girls with specialized enrichment programming combined with an afterschool safe haven provides a unique niche for Girls University. Recognizing the importance of providing girls with an opportunity to participate in science, technology and engineering fields and a chance for success was the brain child behind the academy.

Girls University not only aims to provide quality non-traditional afterschool care but is also a place where girls can attend workshops, host birthday parties, receive academic tutoring and mentoring, and have access to speakers from various professions. 

Girls University will host a Ribbon Cutting event on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 at their location at the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center located at 701 W Washington St, Hartsville, SC 29550 at 3:00 p.m.

About Girls University

Girls University is designed to motivate, inspire and educate girls in K – 12th grades regardless of race, background and social status.  We look to motivate girls to become the next scientist, engineer and technologist.  The organization’s hours are 2:30pm – 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.  For more information on Girls University, please visit www.girls-university.com or contact our National Director of Programs and Brand, Ashli Smart  843.468.4710.

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.

 

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.

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!

 

 

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO INTRODUCE GIRLS TO STEAM “GIRLS UNIVERSITY”

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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO INTRODUCE GIRLS TO STEAM
“GIRLS UNIVERSITY”
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 – September 6th, 2016- Afterschool program launches Florence’s first gender-based afterschool academy to introduce girls to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) “Girls University”.

Girls University initiative is design to motivate, inspire and educate girls in the Pee Dee to become products of success, not society. Identifying the need to provide girls with specialize enrichment programming combine with an afterschool safe haven provides a unique niche for Girls University. Understanding the need to ensure girls have the opportunity to participate in science, technology and engineering careers fields and a chance for 21st century success was the brain child behind the academy.

Girls University not only aims to provide quality non-traditional afterschool care, but a place where girls can attend workshops, host birthday parties, receive academic tutoring, mentoring, and access to career speakers.

Girls University will host an Open House on September 12th, 2016 at their location located at 1249 Celebration Blvd, 29501 from 6:00 pm – 8:00pm.

About Girls University
Girls University is designed to motivate, inspire and motivate girls in K – 12th grades regardless of race, background and social status. We look to motivate girls to become the next scientist, engineer and technologist. The organization’s hours are 2:30pm – 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. For more information on Girls University, please visit http://www.girls-university.com or contact our National Director of Programs and Brand, Ashli Smart 843.468.4710.