Intermediate Unit launching Girls in STEM programming across Valley

May 8—MONTANDON — A $20,000 grant awarded by Million Girls Moonshot has helped the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) in supporting a series of after-school educational STEM programs this month at Valley venues.

The Million Girls Moonshot is a national initiative that allows girls to see themselves as future innovators, increasing the quality of out-of-school STEM learning opportunities for all young people — particularly underserved and underrepresented youth. The group aims to get 1 million more girls involved in STEM in the next five years.

"We were able to work with organizations who have a proven track record of offering strong programs in our region and equip them to target their work and hone their approach to reach young people, especially young women, with engaging STEM skills," said Tanya Dynda, of CSIU.

The programs are also intended to engage families and expand the reach of museums and libraries. All events are free.

May programs include an Eco-Tech Adventure, 4-6 p.m. May 22 through 24 at the Union-Snyder County Community Building, 713 Bridge St., Selinsgrove. There will be three events at the Degenstein Community Library in Sunbury. STEM Exploration Stations will be available 4-5 p.m. May 10. There will be a Drone Scavenger Hunt, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 13. Culinary Kids will be held 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 9. The Milton Public Library will host an After-School STEAM Party from 3:30 to 6 p.m. May 15.