I took this photo to show how it is not healthy to have all the trash on the streets. In this picture I see a whole bunch of trash, cigarettes, dumpsters, and buildings which means people live near this messy place. What is really happening here is people really not caring about their environment or there health. This relates to our lives because their might be children playing around there and since it’s in between an alley it’s not safe either. This situation exist because people aren’t careful enough and throw everything on the floors instead of where it goes. What we could do is put signs that say no littering and we could also pick up the litter that isn’t suppose to be there and put them where they really go. This will help the economy grow in a healthy way.
Well, sadly, and I mean very sadly, we are arriving upon our final days of Eureka! Summer 2015. It has been a summer filled with lots of fun, learning, and amazing memories. I’d like to share with you now some of the biggest take aways, or things I will always remember, from this summer. Here we go!!!
1) Let’s begin with the obvious – I have learned a heck of a lot more about science. This year I had labs ranging from working with nitrogen gas to physics to neuroscience and studying zebra fish embryos. I loved that at the end of every single lab, the professors would stop to tell us that GIRLS CAN DO THIS!!! Girls can be scientists, and I am inspired!!!!
2) I am taking home memories from our unforgettable Friday field trips. I spent so much time laughing and hanging out with friends. At Look Park we took a hilarious video of me crashing on the ground while I tried to jump across the creek (ask Imari for the video!!!), and touched the string rays and sharks at the Boston Aquarium!!!
3) Confession: I love UMass-Amherst Dining Common’s steak stir fry! But this summer, I discovered that sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. I learned this when I got sick after eating steak stir fry for 3 weeks straight. Warning – do not try this at home.
4) As a peer leader, I have learned the importance of being able to work with everyone, not only your group of friends. Before, I was shy and struggling feeling confident talking to new people. But now I know how to talk to new girls and have learned we are actually all really similar!! Also, I have learned how to speak publicly in front of a large group of girls. I now think of myself as a leader who is responsible and capable of being a positive influence for other girls.
5) It’s a fact: I will be back for my last 3 years as a Girls Inc. Eureka! scholar. I am already looking forward to our first Eureka! Saturday!!!!!
Written by Haily
EUREKA! is a Girls Inc. S.T.E.M summer program for girls ONLY. We start EUREKA! the summer after seventh grade, before going into eighth grade. We can be part of EUREKA! for 5 years. I am a Rookie. Being a Rookie means this is my first year. This is my 3rd week. Here in EUREKA! we walk the whole day (and I HATE walking). During my 1st week was Astrology and Zodiac signs (mine is Cancer) and Astronomy, which basically means we learned about stars and planets. We had to walk up a hill, which for me it was felt like a mountain. I didn’t have a water bottle, so when I reached the top I was really thirsty! I had my red banc black Jordans on 😀 We learned that not all Astrology is true.
The rest of the weeks were kinda confusing. We had labs about tree climbing, air polution, chemistry, and many more that I don’t remember right now. After, we walk again (ugh >:< ). We head to the dinning commons. It’s kind of embarrinsing being with my friends at the dinning common because they get exited for every new food they see! So, if you go to the dinning commons and see a bunch of girls gasping at everything they see, then that’s them, unfortunately:( But I still love them!! Best of all, on Thurdays we can have ice cream.
On Mondays and Wednesdays we go to the Rec Center ( the gym). On Tuesdays and Thursday we have seperate curriculum groups. After we have other clubs: All Around the World club, Book Club, Girl Talk club, and Scratch or blog (which is what I have right now. After clubs we go home to rest (from all that walking!). Well thats all.
Written by Jackie
This is my second year at Eureka! and I love it here. There’s so much to do!!! One of the things we do at Eureka! is science and personally science is my favorite subject. It’s something that I’m good at and enjoy–like all the experiments and also learning new things and being able to teach my family everything I have been learning here at Umass-Amherst. Girls Inc. has taught me so much, not only about STEM but about myself and how to believe in myself. This is an amazing program and I love it!!!!
Written by Haily
This summer there will be a group of girls attending a club named Scratch. Scratch is a tool that can help you learn how to code and animate different avatars. When I interviewed one of the Eureka! girls, she showed me what she was working on. She is designing her favorite anime character on to the Scratch website to do what she wants. She really enjoys doing scratch because its limited to your imagination and there’s so much you can do with it!