Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD) has launched a comprehensive STEM program called Eureka! June 6 at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The program welcomed its first cohort of 30 rising 8th and 9th grade girls who have committed to a five-year program that will see them through high school graduation. The theme of the 2016 Eureka! summer program is “Building a Great City” and major partners include: CH2M, Xcel Energy, Comcast, Lockheed Martin and PCL Construction.
“Eureka! will provide girls with the encouragement and resources they need to explore and pursue academic paths and eventually careers in STEM. Many of the girls participating are first-generation college students who believe this program will change their lives. We believe that this program has the capacity to do just that,” remarked Sonya Ulibarri, president & CEO of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver.
The Eureka! program is geared toward middle schools girls who are excited about math, science, engineering and technology. Through the four week summer program, Eureka! participants, or Eurekans, will gain leadership skills, participate in weekly field trips, interact with STEM professionals and learn on a college campus. There will be daily hands-on activities that explore topics in mechanical engineering, different forms of energy, and using computer programming to reach larger communities.
In addition, Eurekans will gain first-hand knowledge through a variety of exciting and compelling activities that explore the cutting edge world of STEM by designing model cities that will be on public display once the summer program concludes.
In addition to two summers of STEM courses, Eureka! participants who complete the five-year program will also finish two STEM focused internships, have the opportunity to travel nationally and globally with GIMD, participate in monthly activities during the school year and be eligible for college scholarships through local and the national Girls Inc. organization.
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