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Program: Science Club for Girls

Science Clup for GirlsScience Club for Girls (SCFG) is a series of afterschool STEM programs offering K-12 girls the chance to explore science and technology through experiments and activities. Through the Junior Mentor leadership program, teenage girls become role models, teaching young children science, learning life skills, conducting outreach, and exploring careers in STEM fields.

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Feature: It Takes a Community

Working TogetherThe L.A.-based non-profit Great Minds in STEM wants young Hispanics and other under-represented minorities to start focusing on science and engineering careers. “If our community is technically prepared,” says GMiS founder Ray Mellado, “they’re going to be successful.”

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Event: Austin, TX Science and Engineering Festival. Oct. 2-24, 2010

Austin Science and Engineering FestivalOrganized by the Mexican American Engineers and Scientists organization, the Austin, Texas Science and Engineering Festival and its multiple events will showcase the science and technology of Texas. It will culminate in a two-day Expo Expo at the Austin Convention Center with over 200 exhibits of hands-on, fun science and engineering activities to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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Survey: Professors Discourage STEM Pursuits

A recent survey of women and underrepresented minorities who hold STEM degrees found that many of them were discouraged from seeking their careers. But, what was, perhaps, eyebrow-raising was that most of those affected said the discouragement came from college professors.

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Event: Engineering Camp. Boise State U. April 17

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Student Chapter, is hosting a free, one day engineering camp at Boise State University, Sat., April 17, 2010, for students in grades 7-10. Activities include: • Edible Aquifer • Designer Bridges • Amazing Robotics • Creative Inventions • and more! FREE lunch, snacks and door prizes. Application deadline: April 1.

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Scholarship: HENAAC/Great Minds. Hispanic Students

Great Minds in STEM provides scholarships for students of Hispanic origin or involved with the Hispanic community who maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or high; focus their studies in science, technology, engineering or math; and demonstrate leadership through academic achievements and campus/community activities. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $5,000. Application deadline: April 30, 2010.

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PROGRAM: STEM-Up Initiative, East L.A., CA


The STEM-Up Initiative, based in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles, is designed to integrate STEM career pathways into schools and local communities. STEM-Up aims to connect 80,000 residents to the surrounding STEM Community, consisting of institutions of higher learning, government agencies, corporations and other organizations.

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