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Girls in Grades 4 through 8 Invited to Learn About STEM Opportunities at Free TEC-SMART Event in Malta on Saturday, April 26

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Girls from the fourth to eighth grades are invited to a free educational event, Girls in STEM, where women mentors and role models will lead hands-on workshops designed to illustrate the fun side of science and technology.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 26 at Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART campus at 345 Hermes Road in Malta.

This innovative program is dedicated to ensuring that girls at a young age be exposed to the many opportunities available in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Participants will hear from keynote speaker, Anne McEntee, vice president of GE Renewables, along with other women who were inspired to pursue math and science as a career. Following the talks, participants will complete workshop projects focusing on wind power, nanotechnology and other clean energies.

Girls in STEM is sponsored by Hudson Valley’s Northeast Advanced Technological and Education Center (NEATEC), and is a joint initiative of several organizations with the common goal of engaging and motivating girls through STEM opportunities. Sponsors include Ballston Spa Central School District, GE, African American Forum, Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Center for Economic Growth (CEG), CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CNSE CMOST), GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci), New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and WMHT.

Much is said these days about getting young women into STEM fields of employment, but recent studies by the Atlantic Monthly Report show that today’s female students are looking to create their own paths within these careers rather than following a traditional route. Women may be more willing to go into an engineering career, for instance, if they find that math and science can empower them to make a difference in their world.
“This day is all about inspiration and learning, but it will also show girls the fun side of science and technology. We want them to see that they can enjoy science and technology, and then take it from there,” said Carolyn Curtis, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hudson Valley Community College. “By engaging girls in STEM while they are still in the lower grades, we give them time to explore all the opportunities that exist for them and to solidify their interest.”

It is expected that the greatest job growth in our region for the next six years will be in occupations that require Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, according to reports from the New York State Department of Labor.

"I am pleased and honored to take part in Girls in STEM,” said Anne McEntee, GE Renewable Energy, Vice President. “It is a passion of mine to not only encourage girls to excel in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but to also inspire them to aim to be leaders and innovators in these fields.”

Go to to register for this event.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.