Daring to be Inspired at the Women in STEM Symposium

Our first Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Symposium was held on Saturday, November 5th and was a great success!

20 high school girls attended with their eyes and ears focused on learning from an amazing panel of speakers and expo vendors.

Dr. Ahna Skop gave the opening Keynote address, “Too creative for science?” and encouraged attendees to think outside the dichotomies of science and art and instead use creative thinking to bridge the gap of how science is perceived in the public eye.

Allison Salmon shared her experience as a video game developer, and how she fell into a career in software engineering after graduating as a computer science major.

Dr. Erika Marín-Spiotta challenged the way we think about the earth sciences – as a global system between people and places that can help us understand how to shape our future.

Erica Naughton shared her experience as a creative, jumping into the world of web development and graphic design through enrolling in YWeb Career Academy, a program that provides opportunities to women, people of color and others who are underrepresented in the tech industry.

Dr. Mary Fitzpatrick closed the panel by inspiring us to think differently and engage with others who have diverse ideas and perspectives to create better working teams that can inspire innovations and solutions for complicated problems.

Our lunch break offered time for students and speakers to break into smaller groups and continue conversations that were prompted by questions asked during the panel. There was even a deep in-depth discussion about Star Trek that happened!

In the afternoon, attendees explored the museum exhibits – they wondered about lasers, traveled through our hallway timelines, looked at the world from perspectives large and small in the imaging exhibit, and more.

We also had representatives at Expo stations from Epic, Four Lakes Wildlife Center, Filament Games, Creative Kingdoms, and Population Diagnostics who shared about their work and helped to inspire future careers in STEM fields.


To learn more about opportunities for women in STEM, check out the following links:
White House – Women in STEM
Women in NASA
Ada Lovelace Day
Engineering Challenges
Engineer Girl
Girls Who Code


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