Mentors Encourage Girls: Science is Fun!

January 28, 2016

Lonsdale Koester and Michaela Lynott

Volunteers gathered at another Science Club For Girls training, hosted by the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change.

“We are here today because science is fun!” pledged mentors this past Saturday at another Science Club for Girls (SCFG) event, volunteer training.

More than 30 volunteers gathered at Simmons for the January 23rd event to learn the unique training involved in motivating and engaging young girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities. Attendees participated in workshops on scientific inquiry and compared notes on best practices when mentoring after school programming.

“I know firsthand the difference mentors can make in a young girl’s life,” said Michaela Lynott ’16 in her welcome remarks. “The work you are doing here matters.”

SCFG is a nonprofit organization that fosters excitement, confidence, and literacy in STEM for girls, particularly from underrepresented communities. The organization provides free, experiential programs and maximizes meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology, engineering & mathematics.

(Top: SCFG executive director and Simmons student Michaela Lynott ’16. Photo credit: Diane Hammer)