Weston, MA — Registration is now open for the Girls STEM Summit – Statewide 2016 hosted by Jr.Tech, Inc., taking place at Regis College in Weston, MA on Sunday, April 10, 2016.

Jr.Tech, Inc., is a Massachusetts-based non-profit educational organization currently celebrating 10 years of supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Over the past five years, Jr.Tech has delivered seven Girls STEM Summits across Massachusetts and is once again inviting 250 high school girls to experience the premier Massachusetts STEM event for high school girls – the Girls STEM Summit – Statewide.

Following up on the success of seven past sold-out Girls STEM Summits, Jr.Tech, with support from Lead Sponsor – Biogen, Major Sponsor – National Grid, and Facility Host Partner – Regis College, will again convey to the young women of the Commonwealth, the professional, personal and financial benefits of a career in the STEM fields.

Kicking off the day-long event will be an inspirational keynote speech from a local female leader in a STEM field after which students will begin rotating through five different hands-on career path breakouts with leading STEM professionals representing a range of STEM fields. Following lunch, students will visit the hands-on Exhibit Hall featuring many STEM-focused organizations and higher education institutions all demonstrating and discussing different areas of STEM careers and fields of study. The rotation of career-path breakouts finishes up in the afternoon and following a closing ceremony the attendees will be given a parting gift before heading home.

Phyllis Russell, Jr.Tech’s President and Executive Director, and the creator of the Girls STEM Summit program shares, “At every Summit, the energy that radiates from our attendees, presenters and teachers is amazing! The feedback from the girls in attendance is positive and immediate and the adults involved love sharing their STEM experience and knowledge with such bright and enthusiastic attendees. Lead Sponsor, Biogen, Major Sponsor, National Grid and Facility Partner, Regis College, all share our passion for bringing STEM to the young women of the Commonwealth and our goal of closing the gender gap in females entering STEM fields.”

The key goals of the Girls STEM Summit – Statewide programs are to educate young women in grades 8-12 on various STEM career paths through hands-on breakouts, to encourage students to continue studying these disciplines throughout high school in order to prepare for college degree programs, to inspire through interaction with female professional role models working in STEM fields, to demonstrate that a STEM career is attainable, to impact decision-making at a critical period, and to close the gender gap in the STEM workforce.

The Girls STEM Summit – Statewide 2016 serves girls in grade 8-12 and will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Regis College, 235 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA. The event runs from 8:00 am – 4:15 pm and has a fee of $55 per student (fee includes lunch and parting gift). Individual and group enrollment are available.

For additional information and to register your student for the Summit, please visit juniortech.org. Questions can be directed to either of the individuals noted below.

Phyllis Russell 774-994-2097 phyllis@juniortech.org Deborah Vogt 617-512-1794 vogtboston@comcast.net