Thursday, April 14, 2016

Stem is a gem

This past Friday, I attended the STEM Conference at Arkansas State University along with Ms. Campbell and eleven other female Westside students to celebrate future women leaders. The purpose of the conference was to inform the need for women leaders in the STEM career field and to encourage the girls to pursue these careers. In case you didn’t already know, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Obviously, the Rural STEM Education Center at A-State includes a wide range of science and mathematic career programs along with a variety of technology and engineering programs. At the conference, the high school students and teachers from Blytheville, Brookland, and of course, Westside, participated in workshops to help them discover their hidden abilities. These workshops were to show women that just because it is common for men to pursue these careers doesn’t mean that they cannot. When choosing a career, you shouldn’t worry about the gender you see the most because as many women have said, “If a man can do it , so can I!” Dr. Anne Grippo, Dr. Maureen Donlan, and Dr. Julie R. Grady presented the audience with opening remarks explaining the purpose of the conference and provided an insight in the STEM careers. In my opinion, I would participate in the conference again if I had another year of high school left. I found the conference extremely interesting and influential in deciding my future plans after high school. I recommend girls invited to attend the conference next year because it will be a very fun and educational experience.
                                                                                                  --Caitlin Vickers                                      

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