GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Girls Advancing In STEM Network, or GAINS, founded Greenwich Academy, will hold its inaugural conference in Cambridge, Mass., from April 12 through April 14.
The conference will be at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and will bring together high school girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), with women working in STEM-related fields for two days packed with technical talks, hands-on activities, small group discussions, and business and lab tours.
The GAINS Network is a consortium of leading girls’ schools at the forefront of educating female STEM leaders of the future. The conference will be attended by girls from the network’s member schools.
“It is our goal to cultivate a national network of peer and mentoring support for female STEM professionals of the future,” said Molly King, Greenwich Academy head of school. “These relationships enhance self-confidence, increase awareness of career options and empower girls as they pursue educational and professional pursuits in these fields.”
During the three-day conference, student participants will have the opportunity to learn, connect, and be inspired.
Many world-renowned STEM-focused organizations including, MIT’s Media Lab, Genzyme, Lab Central, MAKERS, Google, MassBioEd, and the Broad Institute, have also shown their support by offering tours, workshops and services for conference attendees.
Finally, a career mixer, which will include a “Selfie-With-A-Scientist” photo booth, will offer the chance for more informal one-on-one discussions.
“Our partnership with the Whitehead Institute has allowed us to hold the conference in a hub of STEM-based activity," said Dr. Ann Decker, director of GA’s STEM initiatives and architect of the GAINS Network.
"Experiencing the energy and intellectual environment of these organizations will surely be a game-changer for many of our attendees. They will leave the conference with new contacts, a deeper and broader understanding of STEM professions, and knowing they are part of a community of girls interested in STEM.”
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