The Girls Inc. Eureka! program at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), the first of Girls Inc. nation-wide Eureka! programs with a focus on nanotechnology, is approaching the end of its first school year. Designed to engage under-served populations within the City of Albany, the program began in July 2012 with an initial group of 30 girls, all of whom are now 8th graders in Albany and Schenectady Public Schools.
Last summer’s launch started the program strong, with the girls participating in their first intensive summer camp experience. Volunteers from Girls Inc., CNSE and SEFCU led the participants in hands-on nanoscale education at UAlbany’s CNSE NanoTech Complex and exposed the participants to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on weekly field trips. The program is designed to bring back the same girls to participate in the camp again in the summer of 2013.
As the program goes into its third and fourth years, program staff will help the girls find paid internships with local businesses and organizations during the summer, with individualized plans and opportunities crafted to suit the needs of each student. The program will culminate with the then high school seniors taking responsibility for their futures by securing an internship, job, or summer program on their own.