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Girls Only STEM Day

  POSTED ON: Saturday, March 3, 2018 12:00 AM by Angela Moran


Two-hundred middle school girls attended the March 3, 2018 Spring Girls Only STEM Day, despite power outages and gusty winds. The girls traveled from NY, NJ, PA, CT, IN, VA, DC and throughout MD to participate in COLOR ME STEM, and rotated through a wide range of engineering and science topics as well as an engineering design challenge.

Fifteen USNA STEM faculty and staff supported the event and were joined by members of the Navy reserve community, the Engineering Duty Officer community, and Navy medical personnel. Sixty-four midshipmen also facilitated the event by guiding teams through the activities, providing academic information about their STEM majors, assisting the girls with their design projects, and instructing the students in the modules.

Module sessions included colorful hands-on activities in web design, cryptography and coding, hull design, geometry and origami, biomedical applications, chemistry, paper making, chemistry, biomimicry, and the physics of sound and light. In the afternoon, the girls were challenged to design and build a parachute to safely drop supplies intended for a stranded population in need of aid. Student teams used the engineering design process to successfully complete the challenge, with each team calculating expected versus actual descent rates of the parachutes they fabricated for testing.

Additionally, about sixty parents attended the parallel program addressing topics of interest to parents of middle school students including nutrition and health, stress management, internet safety, STEM education, and financing a college education. These sessions were provided by USNA faculty, staff, and representatives from the Fleet and Family Services Center and Naval Health Clinic Annapolis.

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