Bring your dreams. On September 28, 2019, The DreamGirls Initiative will be hosting their popular Dream Day workshop. This free event is open any girl in grades 6 through 8. Dream Day will take place at Newton High School, 44 Ryerson Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is free, however, registration is required. Online registration can be completed at http://tinyurl.com/DreamDayNewton2019.

From the moment participants arrive, they realize this is not just an event centered around Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Participants enter a lively, music-filled atmosphere where they meet other middle school girls and their high school group leaders. They then are treated to a variety of activities and demonstrations by female engineers and scientists.

Girls will get the opportunity to interact with industry professionals through hands-on activities including making gel cleanser with Johnson & Johnson, and learning about the candy making process with engineers and scientists from Mars Wrigley. Participants will explore the chemistry involved in pharmaceuticals with Bayer, and learn about pH with volunteers from Picatinny Arsenal. Two Sparta companies will be represented as well. MindFit USA will be leading the participants in a coding activity and CP Professional services will be showcasing the role of scientists and engineers in addressing environmental concerns.

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This free event is made possible through the generosity of local sponsors including Gold Sponsor, Thor Labs.

Kristi Greene, the Principal of Halsted Middle School, was responsible for first bringing Dream Day to Newton. Speaking about last year’s event, Greene said, “Dream Day was an amazing experience for our Halsted Middle School Girls. For many of them, it was the first time speaking to a woman about working in a STEM field. The hands on activities were engaging and those that are eligible are already looking forward to it again this year.”

The DreamGirls Initiative is a nonprofit program committed to closing the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers. DreamGirls programming inspires middle school girls by showcasing female role models working in exciting careers. Additional information can be requested by emailing dreamsneeddoing@gmail.com. Visit www.dreamgirlsinitiative.com and follow DreamGirls at www.Facebook.com/TheDreamGirlsInitiative and Twitter at DreamGirlsInit.