GSNI-M to co-sponsor STEM conference for girls on May 20
Fort Wayne, IN – Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana and Fort Wayne Community Schools are hosting the fourth annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Conference for girls in grades K-12 on Saturday, May 20, at Snider High School, 4600 Fairlawn Pass.
There will be five STEM focus breakout sessions for older girls (grades 6-12) from 8 a.m. to noon. All girls will have the opportunity to experience hands-on interactive exhibits from 1 to 4 p.m.
Girls will gain confidence in science, technology, engineering and math skills by doing fun hands-on activities in a supportive all-girl environment. They’ll increase their capacity for critical thinking and resourceful problem solving, two key Girl Scout Leadership Experience outcomes related to STEM. They will also learn about STEM-related career fields. The cost of the conference is $2 and includes a Girl Scout membership. Girls can register at their school through Monday, May 15.
WANE-TV meteorologist Hannah Strong will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers and presenters include:
- 80/20 Inc.
- I-STEM Resource Network
- Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
- IPFW Department of Physics and Society of Physics Students
- Sylvan Learning
- ETHOS Science Center – Science2Go Bus
- IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts
- Science Central
- Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics University of Notre Dame
- IPFW College of Health and Human Services
- Fort Wayne Community Schools
Activity stations will include: programming and playing with Lego robotics; engineering and building activities; learning about conductors and how a lightbulb works; extracting DNA; experimenting with sound and vibration in sand; oil spill experiments; learning how birds fly by making a paper airplane eagle; and probability activities.
For more information, contact Gloria Mayberry at Gloria.Mayberry@gsnim.org.
SOURCE: News release from Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiana