Rise STEM Academy for Girls, Girl Scouts encourage interest in STEM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – The fields of science, technology, engineering and math are not just for boys, and the Rise STEM Academy for Girls demonstrates that.

The academy and the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road are leading hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences for 150 girls in kindergarten through second grade. 

As part of “On the Rise,” Rise STEM Academy’s program, and Fayette County Public School’s Summer Ignite Program, the Girl Scouts and other community partners will motivate students to engage with different aspects of STEM.

GSKWR will also provide free programming at Garrett Morgan and Northern Elementary Schools to further accelerate STEM learning in Lexington through the Summer Ignite program. With the help of their STEM funding partners, United Way of the Bluegrass, Toyota, Lexmark, and LG&E-KU, the Girl Scouts are offering free Girl Scout memberships for girls who have participated in summer STEM programming to join in Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scout STEM program aims to improve girls’ STEM skills and confidence, and expose girls to STEM careers to fuel the female STEM workforce pipeline in Kentucky.

Leaders at the academy are excited about how these programs help foster a love for learning this summer.

“We have had some wonderful partnerships. We have been working with Girl Scouts and that’s really allowed our scholars to really kind of continue what our mission is – and that is to make sure that we are bringing the learning outside and that it expands outside of our class room walls,” said Jennifer Jacobs, director of Rise STEM Academy for Girls.

For more information about GSKWR and its STEM programming and learning experiences this summer visit https://www.fcps.net/ignite or contact Tammy Durham, GSKWR Director of Grants and Community Partnerships at tdurham@gswrc.org 

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