JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A program that helps young girls develop careers in science, technology, engineering and math was the recipient of a $10,000 grant, officials said Wednesday.
According to a media release, the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock received the grant from the Ernest and Anna Ritter Family Endowment for the “Girls in STEM” program.
The program, which started in Little Rock in 2013, will be expanded next summer to girls ages 12-15, free of charge, officials said.
The program, which is also in Blytheville and Stuttgart, was brought to Jonesboro in 2017 and was also held in Jonesboro this year.
Officials from both the Museum of Discovery and the Ritter Endowment are excited about the opportunity.
“Thank you to the support of Ritter Communications," Program Director Shannon Jones said. "More girls in the Jonesboro area will be able to experience ‘Girls in STEM’ free of charge and be exposed to the STEM careers that they may some day fill. We truly believe that this program is helping create tomorrow’s female agricultural engineers, computer programmers, veterinarians and researchers.”
“Ritter is honored to work with ‘Girls in STEM’ so more students can participate in this worthwhile program,” Ritter Communications Vice President of Marketing and endowment board member Susan Christian said. “We are so impressed with the strong curriculum the program offers to foster more interest in education and STEM careers.”