What Is Girls Summit?
Girls Summit is a hands-on S.T.E.A.M.-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) career exploration day that introduces girls in grades 5th-10th to “non-traditional” fields through a keynote address, a series of workshops, and panel discussions comprised of students from local colleges and high schools. All speakers, workshop facilitators, and panelists are women so that participants can better envision themselves in similar roles. Each participant will rotate through 4 of 8 workshops, half on the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) campus featuring ESF-fostered careers and half on the Syracuse University campus in conjunction with their Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP). This year’s workshop topics include paper-making and testing, mechanical engineering and welding, Mercury in Aquatic Food Webs, meteorology, physical therapy, and more! Girls Summit is intended for girls at a slightly younger age than many career workshops because youth in this age group often do not realize that they are in a position to make decisions that may affect the rest of their lives. Our primary goal is to empower girls with the confidence, knowledge, and role models essential for making educational and life decisions consistent with personal goals of economic independence, self-sufficiency, and equality.