Girls Only STEM Day
POSTED ON: Saturday, March 4, 2017 8:00 AM by Sarah Durkin
As part of an ongoing effort to encourage young women to pursue an interest in science, technology, engineering and math, the USNA STEM Center hosted a Girls Only STEM Day on Saturday, March 4, 2017. This inspiring event, held at the U.S. Naval Academy twice a year, exposes students to a wide range of STEM academic and career paths through engagement in hands-on activities. Approximately 240 middle school girls from local counties and nearby states participated in the event, with a focus on how scientists and engineers make the world a better place for everyone.
In the morning sessions, girls attended a variety of different workshops, including Archimedes challenge, electrochemistry solutions, environmental disasters, computer simulation, storm chasers, wind energy, applied math, sports medicine, and biometrics to name a few. Workshops were designed and facilitated by 26 USNA faculty, staff, and Navy Medical professionals, along with 51 midshipmen.
In the afternoon, the girls were challenged to build a complex machine that could lift a fallen animal to safety. Teams of students used the engineering design process to successfully complete the challenge, with each team developing their own solution using common household materials.
During the morning, parents were invited to attend a parallel program addressing topics of interest to parents of middle school girls. Approximately 75 parents attended presentations and discussions on internet safety, nutrition, stress management, STEM education, and financing a college education. Topics were presented by USNA faculty, staff, and representatives from the Fleet and Family Services Center and Naval Health Clinic Annapolis.
The next Girls Only STEM Day will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy in October 2017.