August 06, 2012
Middle school girls go high-tech
By: YNN Web Staff
ALBANY, N.Y. -- As the Capital Region continues to grow as a center
of nanotechnology, some local eighth grade girls are getting a
first-in-the-nation experience. Girls Incorporated, SEFCU, and the
College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering teamed up for the first
'Eureka Program' to focus on the high-tech industry.
The local students suited up and headed into the labs to learn about
chip fabrication and experience the nano-bio-science labs. They even
created their own personalized nanoscale 'wafers' with their names on
The program is designed to get girls excited about science, math and engineering.
“In science you can do what you want, and you get to do what you want
to do and you get to make money off of it, and you just get to make the
world a better place while doing what you're doing,” said Maiya Dargan,
“To take this opportunity to get them into this amazing facility and
taking part in hands-on real world activities is just a totally unique
experience that girls nowhere else in the country really have been
exposed to,” said Jennifer Amstutz, Interim President/CEO of Girls, Inc.
Participants in the program enter at the eighth grade level and continue for five years through high school.