Science Club for Girls Receives Innovation Award

May 2011

Science Club for Girls recently received the 2011 New England Innovation Award at the Smaller Business Association of New England's Evening of Innovation. Winners were selected based on being best-in-class: for having a compelling idea, a service/product that has significant benefit to users and addresses a need, and success as measured by growth rate, user reviews and impact on the ground etc. This is the third award the organization has received in the past 8 months, the others being the Advancement Award from the Boston Club and the MetLife Afterschool Innovator Award from the AfterSchool Alliance.

Science Club for Girls is a Massachusetts based nonprofit that provides free, after school and Saturday programs for over 1,000 girls in grades K-12. Their goal is to build confidence in girls in science and engineering, show girls how these fields are relevant to their life, and to inspire them to become future scientists. Science Club for Girls also serves as the Convening Organization for the Southern New England Girls Collaborative Project, which serves Massachusetts and Rhode Island using the NGCP model.

Connie Chow, Executive Director, describes her staff as small and mighty and attributes the success of the organization to the power of collaboration. "Our key strategy, which is also the guiding principle for our organization, is to build meaningful partnerships that capitalize on each contributor's strength. Our mission and our staff form a hub that connects schools and community partners who have ties to girls and families; universities and professional groups who have STEM expertise and volunteers; as well as corporations and institutions that open their doors and provide financial and in-kind resources," said Executive Director Connie Chow.