PIQUA — On Friday, twelve girls from Northmont Middle School who are gifted in math and science traveled to Edison State Community College to attend the annual “We Are IT” event designed to encourage girls who are interested in the STEM career fields.
Every girl who attended wrote an essay about how their character traits will help them in career fields that are typically dominated by men. Out of over a hundred entries, Amara Nwanaro won second place and Emma Plummer won an Honorable Mention. They both received prizes for their writing.
Girls were able to attend three breakout sessions of their choice. Many girls enjoyed an engineering workshop called Barbie Bungee Jumping, a forensics workshop that simulated CSI, and a nursing workshop where they were introduced to medical laboratory technology.
Students gathered in small groups and used technology to work on real world solutions. Students learned about the application of technology and its connection with the workplace through fun and interactive activities. Among the breakout sessions featured at the event were those that explore math, chemistry and physics experiments; robotics, networking, computer hardware, programming software and computer forensics.
In addition, they ate lunch with a female mentor from the STEM field who was able to explain her career and answer questions. The girls left feeling excited about the different opportunities they have in STEM fields.