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Center for Afterschool Learning earns Million Girls Moonshot grant

Sep 26, 2021 | Education, Students

Andrew Ganucheau, director of the Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning in the SciTEC division of the Louisiana Tech’s College of Education, has been awarded a grant from the STEM Next Opportunity Fund as part of the Million Girls Moonshot initiative.

The Million Girls Moonshoot effort inspires and prepares the next generation of innovators by engaging one million more girls in STEM learning opportunities through after school and summer programs over the next five years. Through Million Girls Moonshot’s approach, youth across the nation will be engaged in STEM in ways that will inspire girls to become builders, creators, and problem solvers.

Girls are underrepresented in STEM as they make up less than one-third of the science and engineering workforce within the U.S., according to the Million Girls Moonshot.

“Encouraging and supporting Women in STEM is critical if we as a society are going to be able to address some of the fundamental challenges of the present,” said Dr. Lindsey Vincent, Associate Dean for Research, Outreach, and Innovation in the College of Education. “The Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning provides a number of supports for professionals and learners in the out of school time space. We are thrilled that this award will provide funding for another support for STEM out of school time efforts for this important sub demographic of our student populations.”

This activity is one of many taking place in the Science and Technology Education Center (SciTEC) in the College of Education to help inspire and educate girls and women who have interest in engaging in the STEM disciplines.

To learn more about how you can engage in STEM education and outreach efforts focused on engaging girls and women in STEM, email scitec@latech.edu.