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STEM Options 2018 at Penn State Brandywine (Media, PA)

STEM Options is currently seeking female presenters for their 2018 program, an opportunity for middle and high school girls to come to the campus and interact with professionals in STEM fields. The program seeks to help young women cultivate an interest in STEM and to feel encouraged to pursue the sciences to close the gender gap in STEM careers. To learn more about this program see the STEM Options website and this press release: Or you may contact Dr. Laura Guertin, Professor of Earth Sciences, Penn State Brandywine directly.

There are two programs for STEM Options in 2018 – one day is for 7th grade girls (Thursday, May 10) and the other day is for 9th grade girls (Friday, June 1). They are looking for women in STEM careers to lead one or two 40-minute workshops for 7th graders, and workshops that will be slightly longer in length for 9th graders. They will also  have a “scientist speed dating” session where the 9th grade girls will be in small, informal groups for informal conversations with STEM professionals. The workshops should be a fun, age-appropriate, hands-on activity for 15 girls at a time related to the presenter’s field, including a description of the educational/career path.

Sample presentation ideas from a past program include:

  • Getting Creative with Code
  • Mass Production of LEGO Airplanes
  • The Seventh Grade CEO – How Math Helps Businesses
  • From Engineer to Marketer
  • The Search for Captain America Began at the Bottom of the Ocean

Check out the AWIS Events page and don’t miss our Resources and Links pages where we share information on STEM careers, recommended reading to start or advance your career, summer opportunities for students, and links to other scientific and professional organizations.

West Philly Stem-a-Thon: Long-time AWIS-PHL member, Kimberly Scata, is a board member and volunteer with Science Education Academy Philadelphia, an organization that provides hands on science experimentation and learning for elementary students in West Philadelphia. SEA Philly provides a very structured program and it is one of the very few for elementary school students.
This year SEA Philly received a microgrant from the Philadelphia Science Festival to run a STEM carnival on Friday, April 27, from 6-8 PM in the gym at the West Rock Baptist Church, 5240 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, and are seeking scientist to host hands-on experiments. E-mail if you would like to participate.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support for Women and Minorities in STEM. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced support for research, education, teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Funding is made through NIFA’s Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields (WAMS) Grant Program.
The WAMS program seeks to develop and implement robust collaborations that improve the economic health and viability of rural communities across the nation. Funded projects will lead to the development of a robust and diverse food and agricultural workforce that is highly competent in the application of STEM knowledge and skills, with increased participation of women and minorities.

There is $400,000 in available funding to support WAMS programming. The deadline for applications is Mar. 28, 2018. Please see the funding opportunity for details.