Girls’ Summit is a hands-on career exploration day that introduces students in grades 5th to 10th to non-traditional fields in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (S.T.E.A.M.).
This free event was held at SUNY ESF on Saturday, May 20th. The day included a series of workshops, a keynote address, and a women in business panel focused on opportunities in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.
The event ran from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the ESF campus. Participants rotated through 4 of 8 workshops. Each workshop ran for approximately 45 minutes and included hands-on activities to engage the students!
The mission of Girls’ Summit is to empower, motivate, educate, and change the perception of girls and women in S.T.E.A.M. The program is open to everyone, regardless of their sex, gender, or gender identity. Past workshop topics have included paper-making and testing, building watershed models, constructing wind turbines, heartbeat regulation, Science for Health and Life, coding, Scratch software, and fermentation.
This years workshops included Paper Making & Testing with SUNY ESF Chemical Engineering, Biochemical and Medical Engineering with Syracuse University, Environmental Science with Syracuse University, Food Science with Byrne Dairy, Architecture and Engineering with C&S Companies, Chemistry with SUNY ESF Chemistry, Carpentry with Marie Weiss, Energy and Technology with Grid for Good, and more! All attendees participated in the first workshop together, TACNY Jr. Cafe – Mathematics of Sewing, then broke out into smaller groups for the following 3 workshops.
Our primary goal is to empower youth 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.