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Start Talking Science 2018: Interested STEM researchers should submit a summary here.  You may contact review@starttalkingscience.com with questions. The submission deadline is May 18, 2018. About Us: We aim to increase the public awareness of — and interest in — cutting-edge Philadelphia area research in order to make STEM more accessible. We hope to foster insightful conversations and connections while strengthening the communication skills of researchers.


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: http://brandywine.psu.edu/story/4143/2016/05/20/seventh-grade-girls-explore-stem-careers-penn-state-brandywine. 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.


Vision 2020 50/50 Day Agenda:

  • 5:30 p.m.: Doors open for happy hour. Guests sign in, grab a drink and some snacks, mingle with fellow attendees and then take their seats for the program to begin at 6 p.m.
  • 6:00-6:30 p.m.: Welcome remarks, city proclamation and film screening. Vision 2020’s Lynn Yeakel will make introductory remarks and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown will present a proclamation declaring the day officially “50/50 Day” throughout Philadelphia, followed by a screening of “50/50,” a 20-minute mini-documentary about gender equality.
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Panel discussion and Q&A, with participation in global livestream. The panel will be moderated by WHYY’s Jennifer Lynn with the following panelists: Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky; Joseph West, Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Duane Morris LLP; and Liz Murphy, Senior Vice President of Regulatory and External Affairs at PECO. Additional panelist(s) TBD. At 7:15 p.m., we will be streamed into the global webcast for people all over the world to virtually join our event and interact with our panel.

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 awisphl@awisphl.org if you would like to participate.