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Time is running out to sign up for a free summer program dedicated to giving young women an opportunity to develop tech skills and to explore STEM career paths.  The Girl’s Coding Program was created in partnership between AT&T and the CNY STEM Hub and is looking for 50 girls in 7th through 12th grade who want to gain hands-on experience with basic coding.  Director of Communications at SRC Lisa Mondello says with baby boomers retiring faster than ever, young women have a chance to break into the male-dominated tech industry.

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Danforth Middle School in Syracuse has been awarded a $5,000 dollar to support additional STEM programming.  The school will create a new afterschool club through the STEM Talent Pipeline Grant from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.   Spokesperson Laura Perloff says the “hands-on” training could lead to one of the currently more than 53,000 bio-pharmaceutical jobs in New York.

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Young women worked in teams today to create robots out of cardboard and bridges out of paper.  It’s all part of an effort by Liverpool High School Senior Rebecca Dromms to get girls interested in STEM careers.  She partnered with the SRC in North Syracuse to pursue her Girl Scout Gold Award with an event to show young women what they could do in the field.

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Growing the technology sector in Central New York could be dependent on getting more young women interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The AT&T and CNY STEM Hub Camp for Young Women at LeMoyne College kicked off this week.  The week-long summer program immerses 30 local high school girls in the STEM fields, with a focus this year on computer coding and the continued development of drones.  Le Moyne College President Linda LeMura shared one example of a local science role model for campers.

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Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci is famous for his paintings of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.  But what many might overlook is he was an inventor ahead of his time. The Museum of Science and Technology in Armory Square opened a permanent exhibit over the weekend on National Inventors Day displaying da Vinci’s engineering drawings and models. Senior Director Kevin Lucas says the exhibit was recently on tour and it has found its permanent ho­me at the MOST.

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Syracuse Girls World Expo took place at the State Fairgrounds over the weekend to empower teenage girls to discover their potential and pursue success in different fields.  Inside the Horticulture building, East Syracuse manufacturer Darco was showcasing basic skills involved in manufacturing and encouraging girls to get hands-on experience of working with metals. Darco’s community engagement manager Mel Menon says they want people to see that women can also operate machines.

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  Thirty girls from Syracuse-area high schools are the first to complete the region’s inaugural science, technology, engineering and math summer camp.   The week-long CNY Stem Summer Camp for Young Women was hosted by Le Moyne College.  Camp director Meriel Stokoe says many similar camps end in middle school.

That's why this camp was so perfect," Stokoe said.  "I've heard from a few of them that they kind of aged out of stuff.  So, I'm hoping in the future that people won't forget about high school girls.”                                 

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  Manufacturing in the Central New York area has seen its decline, but showing young people about the field could drum up interest in areas that could be more promising.  Today, 300 students and 100 business leaders kicked off manufacturing month at Bristol-Myers Squibb. 

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Honeywell Summer Science Week at the Museum of Science and Technology, or the MoST, is underway this week.   It began with water sampling and plant and wildlife monitoring, with a special boat navigating the waters of Onondaga Lake.

 “I’m happy to be with you today for the Honeywell Most Summer science week. I’m going to help you identify birds today.”

70 middle schoolers from around the area were on board the boat… identifying birds…

 “look at him! Look out for the ostrich and the eagles”

Getting close and personal with some of the fish…

  Syracuse-area school officials and the business community have been touting the advantage of studying the so-called STEM skills for years now.  Anyone from high school to college to a worker who's retraining has  been urged to get into Science, Technology, Engineering or Math fields to help them get a job.  

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