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Dominion Resources Funds "Girls in Science" Program

After-school Program presented by Maritime Aquarium

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Norwalk, CT | Added on October 15, 2014 At 10:42 AM

"We want to create a safe environment where they can be with other girls and not have to worry about what the boys think of them. So they can completely dive in and feel free to take advantage of these incredible hands on experiences that we have here and not feel self-conscience about being good at it!" said Jennifer Herring, President and CEO of the Maritime Aquarium.

With the help of a $10,000 grant from Dominion Resources, the Maritime Aquarium will be able to offer a "Girls in Science" after-school program to over 100 girls in three Bridgeport schools.

The grant will fund "Girls in Science" programs for girls Grades 4-8 at Beardsley, John Winthrop and Park City Magnet schools. 

Jim Paul, Manager of Outreach and Fieldwork at the Maritime Aquarium said, "The best part of these programs is giving them an experience that they wouldn't normally have in the classroom," 

"It is fabulous for us to get anyone engaged in the science. Anything with science, engineering, technology and math is really, it's our business. It is what we do in the energy world and we are happy to give kids the opportunity to pursue those endevors hands on," said Kevin Hennessy, Director of Federal, State and Local Affairs for Dominion Resources.

Herring says it is important to educate young girls about sciences because many do not see careers in the sciences as a path they can take.

Once a week for 12 weeks, Maritime Aquarium educators will meet the girls after school and lead them through explorations of such topics as fish and squid anatomy, marine habitats, water pollution and animal adaptations. 

"Sciences are really important for us here in the Connecticut. We have lots of jobs out there that are related to the sciences and the STEM education. We do need to get more girls engaged in that, especially middle school girls, so I think this is really exciting,"said Senator Bob Duff. 

The three Brideport schools were chosen by need. More than 97% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and all three schools have a majority of black and Hispanic students, ethnicities that are significantly underrepresented in the sciences. 

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