Thursday, June 13, 2024

Girls interested in careers using science, technology, engineering or math may be interested in  attending a $45, one-day summit called Girls STEM Summit-East taking place April 26 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Intended for girls in grades eight to 12 who want to explore careers in those fields, the event is hosted by Jr.Tech, a Massachusetts nonprofit educational organization, and the Biogen Idec Foundation. Organizers expect around 100 girls to take part.

Jr.Tech Executive Director Phyllis Russell said this will be its fifth summit. “We’re bringing the model across the regions of Massachusetts. It’s clear that high school students are seeking an opportunity for career exploration, and the Girls STEM Summit meets this need in a way that is both fun and informative,” Russell said in a press release.

Citing an August 2011 study from the U.S. Department of Commerce, she said, “Women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, yet they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs” and suggested the summits could help overcome that with workshops, networking, speeches and “mini career path workshops.”

The event is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2014 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Stratton Student Center, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Register here. For information, call Jr.Tech at (617) 512-1794 or (774) 994-2097.