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Women In Science Cultivation

The Connecticut Science Center launched a new initiative, Celebrating Women in Science on April 30, with keynote speaker Laura Huerta Migus, Association of Science & Technology Centers (ASTC) director of professional development, talking about barriers to women participating in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), especially those from under-represented backgrounds.

The leadership at the science center plans to continue to draw attention to the accomplishments of women in the sciences as well as inspire girls and young women to pursue interests in STEM fields of study and career paths.

The Petit Family Foundation sponsored the launch of this directive as it continues work to honor the memories of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit and Michaela Rose Petit with works of kindness, idealism, and activism that defined their lives. Foundation's funds are given to foster the education of young people, especially women in the science; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illness; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.

In addition to Celebrating Women in Science, The Petit Family Foundation sponsors Michaela's Garden, an interactive program at the science center to inspire young girls and children about the field of horticulture.