June 04, 2012

A high-tech intro for teen girls

By: Larry Rulison

Source: Times Union

ALBANY — SEFCU and the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering unveiled a summer program designed to interest teenage girls in high-tech educational and career opportunities.

The five-year, $800,000 program will be offered through the local chapter of Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides school-age girls with life-changing opportunities in cities across the country.

The program unveiled Thursday at the NanoCollege will be part of a math and science initiative called Girls Inc. Eureka! and is the first effort devoted to nanotechnology.

A group of 30 incoming eighth graders from Albany will be selected for this year's camp, which will begin July 23 and last for four weeks.

Girls attend for five consecutive years, with internships in years three through five.

Next year a new class will be selected for the first-year program, while this year's class will move on to second-year activities.

There is no cost for those selected for the daylong sessions, which will be held at the NanoCollege and will include weekly field trips and daily physical exercise. SEFCU employees also are participating.

SEFCU will provide $340,000 in funding, while corporate tenants of the NanoCollege will donate another $460,000. Applications are due June 15 and are available at http://www.girlsinccapitalregion.org.