Powerful Signals, Part 1: Operation Smart, The Bronx, Girls INC. , New York, New York

New York, New York – Girls Incorporated started about 140 years ago. In the 1980's, Girls Inc. created what it terms Operation Smart to introduce young girls to science, math, and technology. There are now over one-thousand Girls Incorporated sites in the U.S. And their most recent figures indicate that about 500-thousand girls have been introduced to the Operation Smart program. The New York City affiliate has been around since the mid-90's. A testimony to the success of the program is heard through the story of 26-year old Brooklyn native, Afua Addo, who spent three summers immersed in the Girls, Inc. program over a decade ago. Now, she's an Administration Staff Analyst with the Department of Education. The Operation Smart Computer Class we visit is held at the Bronx High School for Performance and Stagecraft. Karen Pelland reports from New York City. (13:07) *(For more information about Operation Smart NYC, and to view the websites created by the girls at the Bronx High School for Performance and Stagecraft, go to www.girlsincnyc.org.)Also visit the Women In Science ON THE AIR! website at www.womeninscience.org. Powerful Signals: Transforming the Role of Women and Girls In Science and Engineering was made possible by support from the National Science Foundation.