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Eureka!

New program offers 30 Albany girls extensive STEM education

At an unveiling at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering on Friday, June 1, Lonnie Threatte, assistant secretary for higher education for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said the new Eureka! program will “make the state greater” and said the collaboration between Girls Inc., CNSE  and SEFCU will bridge education, industry and the community.

At an unveiling at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering on Friday, June 1, Lonnie Threatte, assistant secretary for higher education for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said the new Eureka! program will “make the state greater” and said the collaboration between Girls Inc., CNSE and SEFCU will bridge education, industry and the community. Alyssa Jung

— “SEFCU is proud to join CNSE and Girls Inc. in developing this pioneering program to make STEM fun and exciting for kids,” said Michael Castellana, SEFCU president and CEO. “The Capital Region is recognized as a hub for scientific research and developing groundbreaking work in nanosciences but children in our area, and specifically girls, still lag behind in the studies of science, technology, education and math.”

Besides providing a venue and resources, CNSE will pick up $460,000 of the program’s tab.

Dargan, a longtime member of Girls Inc., is hoping to lead the pack of young STEM students who share her interests.

“Say another girl has the same passion. She’s going to want to be part of the Eureka! program so she can become the best that she can be,” said Dargan. “I believe having this program at the nanotech college is a great idea. … I hope I can be one of the very lucky girls.”

Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region provides free after school programs and opportunities that encourage girls to be “strong, smart and bold” while overcoming economic, social and gender barriers. Math and science education, pregnancy prevention, media literacy, adolescent health, substance abuse prevention and sports participation are just some of the topics tackled.

Mary Bayly Skevington, chair of the non-profit organization, said the Eureka! program is a glowing extension of the overall Girls Inc. mission.

“The hands-on, integrated approach of Eureka! engages each participant’s mind, body and spirit at the critical young adolescent stage when her personal and academic choices greatly influence her future,” said Skevington.

There are 1,400 Girls Inc. sites across the U.S. and Canada. For more information about the Eureka! program or to learn how to apply, visit www.girlsinccapitalregion.org, email eureka@gcr.girls-inc.org or call 374-9800. Applications are due by Friday, June 15.

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