Do you have a young girl in your life who loves science, technology, engineering and/or math? If you do, considering registering her for DreamGirls in Action. 

The High School Robotics Team of Central Jersey, FIRST Team 747, is bringing a new program to the area called “DreamGirls in Action."

The program is FREE and will introduce girls in grades 5 through 8 to a wide variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers and ask some of the world's most perplexing questions. The next meeting will take place Thursday, Feb. 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Community Room of the Middlesex Public Library located at 1300 Mountain Avenue, Middlesex. 

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“Girls have a lot of great ideas about how to make the world better, and pursuing a career in STEM is a great way to make those ideas a reality, "Founder and President of DreamGirls Initiative, Rashmi Drummond said. "There’s just a common misconception about what kinds of things scientists and engineers do, and DreamGirls plans to change that message."

Drummond says she is looking to slash stereotypes commonly associated with professionals in STEM, while providing a positive message for young girls.  

The program is offered in association with DreamGirls Initiative, a nonprofit program whose mission is to expose middle school girls to STEM careers in inspiring and interactive ways, according to a news release. Monthly meetings begin with a 15-20 minute video from a female STEM professional, followed by a hands-on activity directly relating to her career, according to release.  Drummond says past speakers have included a Food Packaging engineer from Pepperidge Farm, a Materials Engineer from Fiat Chrysler, and a Chemical Engineer from a variety of consumer product companies. The next presenter will be an Industrial Engineer from Google.

“The overarching conclusion is that girls are interested in science and math, and the majority want to make a difference in the world and to help people," Drummond said. "They just don’t know that science and engineering are pathways to help them meet their goals. STEM professionals work in dynamic environments and are charged with solving the world’s problems.  We need to get that message out.”

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DreamGirls in Action club is FREE, however, registration is required. Register online at https://goo.gl/forms/uR5zFPse2ddo9tVi1.

About Central Jersey FIRST Team 747:

The High School Robotics team of Central Jersey is a nonprofit organization that provides a year-round activity for students in 7th-12th grade to participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The goal of FIRST is to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM. Under the guidance of mentors, students design and build complex machines, learn business and marketing skills and, most importantly, work as a team. As a community-based team, the High School Robotics team of Central Jersey welcomes students from any local public, private or home-based school. By working with DreamGirls Initiative to provide this STEM Club for girls, they hope to encourage and inspire more middle school girls to pursue STEM-related activities through the FIRST organization.

DreamGirls in Action meetings are held in the Community Room of the Middlesex Public Library, located at 1300 Mountain Avenue, Middlesex, NJ 08846. 

For more information, please contact High School Robotics team of Central Jersey at info@frc747.com or visit www.frc747.com. The High School Robotics team of Central Jersey can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at “Flight Crew 747”.

For more information about DreamGirls, please visit www.dreamgirlsinitiative.com. Follow DreamGirls at on Facebook and Instagram at “DreamGirls Initiative” and on Twitter at DreamGirlsInit.

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