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Girls Only STEM Day

  POSTED ON: Saturday, October 14, 2017 8:00 AM by Angela Moran

On October 14, 2017, the USNA STEM Center hosted 230 girls from  Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, New York and New Jersey, for Girls Only STEM Day with hands-on workshops and engineering design challenges for middle school girls.

STEM AROUND THE WORLD featured midshipmen and faculty-led interactive modules such as North Pole Magnetism, the Arctic Ice Cube Thermo Challenge, Australian Biomimicry, South American Rain Forest Chemistry and London Bridge Mechanical Design. The girls were also challenged to design and build a functioning mini-sailboat during the Paris Olympics 2024 Sailing Race Challenge.

The goal of the Girls STEM Program is to encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers by providing STEM role models and to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers, ready to meet 21st Century challenges. Attendees were introduced to female technologists, civilian and military faculty, who spoke on their careers and as well as STEM midshipmen who discussed their academic programs.

Forty-eight midshipmen and 15 faculty, staff, and officers participated as team leaders or module instructors. Additional support was provide by the ONR Reserve Community and the Women's Engineering Duty Officer Community.

"Engineering is a part of many things in life," shared one attendee, "When you work hard, you can achieve anything you believe in."

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