MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN GIRLS AND STEM EVENT
Eleven seventh grade girls from the Middle School of Plainville and Technology Education teacher Camille Westfall, participated in a "GIRLS and STEM" event at Central Connecticut State University on April 12th. The purpose of the event was to provide programming to encourage girls enrollment in "STEM" (science, technology, engineering and math) in high school and beyond. Workshops ranged from learning to solder while creating a "Jitterbug", to creating exploding toothpaste while learning about how different chemicals interact. The workshops were run by female college students. The Middle School students were also treated to a tour of the night sky at the university's planetarium.
According to Westfall, "This EXPO, which was organized by the CT Women's Educational and Legal Fund, was excellent. Every student had a good time and learned something new."
Middle School of Plainville student Caroline St. Pierre said, "I am so glad I went! The college students were very helpful and I never knew science could be so fun! I would go again if I could!"
"We are very proud of our efforts at MSP to encourage young woman to consider a future in science, engineering, technology and math. In addition to the work Ms. Westfall has done, the Science Department has also been supported by the Petit Family Foundation to encourage girls in STEM," noted Middle School of Plainville Principal, Matthew Guarino.
-Posted on May 22, 2013 at 04:14 PM
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