Written by:Jennifer Yepez
6/11/2013 10:15 PM 

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) will welcome Girl Scouts entering seventh – 12th grade to participate in hands-on experiments with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a college setting during College Journey 2013 at the University of Texas at Dallas. There will be two sessions: Cadette Week on June 23-28 and Senior/Ambassador Week on July 21-26. Girl Scouts will be able to experience living in a college resident hall and take part in STEM classes. Texas Instruments (TI) is continuing its sponsorship of College Journey 2013 – Senior/Ambassador Week and the Fluor Foundation is sponsoring Cadette Week, a new program targeting seventh and eighth grade girls.

During the five-day workshop, Girl Scouts will be exposed to college prep courses, a campus tour and will be able to explore professional careers in STEM. Girls will interact with college students, be mentored by successful STEM professionals and be exposed to a wide array of exciting STEM related coursework including computer programming, robotics, environmental engineering, biology and anatomy.

"We are excited to offer this opportunity to younger girls this year," said Colleen Walker, CEO, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. "STEM careers are growing twice as fast as any other sector, yet we rank 21st compared to other industrialized nations in terms of math and science educational achievement. By involving girls at an early age in STEM activities and with access to STEM role models, we hope to encourage more girls to pursue career paths related to science and math."

Statistics show that while more than 74 percent of girls enjoy math and science, only 13 percent of high school girls list it as a top choice for a college major. Less than 20 percent of girls pursue undergraduate degrees in STEM.

"Girls are creative, great innovators and problem solvers but today are significantly underrepresented in STEM careers," said Trisha Cunningham, TI’s Chief Citizenship Officer. "We want girls to know what exciting opportunities they have to significantly impact our world when they’re equipped with STEM skills. That’s why TI is proud to be a continuing sponsor of this year’s College Journey 2013 and to continue our partnership with GSNETX."

"With the support of the Fluor Foundation, this year’s College Journey will provide the opportunity for younger Girl Scouts to experience higher education and STEM," said Torrence Robinson, Fluor’s Senior Director, Global Community Affairs. "Through our support of Cadette Week, Fluor is pleased to help give younger Girl Scouts the opportunity to gain experience in STEM through fun activities, on-campus programs and offsite field trips, such as a tour of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science."

Girls entering seventh and eighth grade will be able to participate in Cadette Week and will work with the Breathe Journey, Girl Scout’s highly-acclaimed leadership program that teaches girls about air quality, pollution and deforestation.

To learn more about College Journey, please visit, www.gsnetx.org/collegejourney.

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at www.ti.com.

About Fluor Corporation
For more than 100 years, Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) has partnered with its clients to design, build and maintain many of the world's most challenging and complex capital projects. Through its global network of offices on six continents, more than 40,000 employees provide comprehensive capabilities and world-class expertise in the fields of engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, fabrication, operations, maintenance and project management. Today, the company serves a global client base in the energy, chemicals, government, industrial, infrastructure, operations & maintenance, manufacturing & life sciences, mining, power and transportation sectors. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 110 on the FORTUNE 500 list and had revenue of $27.6 billion in 2012. For more information, visit www.fluor.com.

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