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Middle School Girls Only STEM Day

  POSTED ON: Saturday, October 16, 2021 12:00 AM by Sarah Durkin

Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and Naval Academy Foundation, Girls Only STEM Day workshops are designed to introduce middle school girls to a wide range of opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math fields. On Saturday October 16, 2021, a two-hour live, interactive, virtual program was held for middle school girls.

The event was attended by about 250 students from the local Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC region, as well as 22 additional states and DoD military-connected students in 3 overseas countries. A list of household supplies was provided in advance so students could complete hands-on activities during the event. Seventeen midshipmen STEM majors led students on screen in hands-on activities, led by MIDN 1/C McKenzie Eshleman, and including nine midshipmen from the USNA Rocket Club. Each topic was introduced with background on a historic or present day female scientist or engineer who is a STEM hero, including Grace Hopper, Rosalind Franklin, Sally Ride, and Ayanna Howard. Students learned how to crack codes with a cryptography challenge, built a robotic end effector, conducted forensic analysis of pigments in markers, designed and tested paper bridges, engineered a vehicle propelled with a sail, and experimented with a paper rotorcraft model.

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