May 26, 2016 at Delaware Valley University
The fifth annual #girlSTEM Conference will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Delaware Valley University.
#girlSTEM seeks to inspire middle-to-high school girls to pursue STEM- related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
#girlSTEM features interactive seminars with professional women, hands-on workshops, and open forum discussions.
#girlSTEM is open to school-sponsored groups of girls in grades 6-10.
Interview & Advice from young Bucks County girls who attended the #girlstem conference last year. Special thanks to Bristol SD Teacher, Doug Braun for organizing the interview, as well as Diana Walker, Suzanne Redfield, and Lindsay Sides from Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 for all their help & image submissions.
Why do they think it's important for girls to have access to the #girlSTEM Conference?
It is important for girls to understand that they can seek careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. This conference empowers girls to broaden their horizon and challenge the idea that only boys can have careers in the sciences. The conference also opened our eyes to some of the possible jobs that are available for women.
What was memorable for them about attending the conference in the past?
Summer Hughes (Currently in 8th Grade) – At #girlSTEM, we learned about how to care for an animal in distress. Ironically, I actually used these skills to help my dog when he was choking.
Rachael Freas (Currently in 8th Grade) – I want to pursue a career in Marine Biology, this conference definitely reinforced that my dream can be a reality.
Sarah Cialella (Currently in 8th Grade) – I loved the workshop where we created our own smells and perfumes. This was so much fun and made learning come to life , and not just out of a book!
Paige Feeney (Currently in 8th Grade) – I enjoyed meeting and working with girls from other schools. The whole conference definitely gave my friends and I a sense of girl power!
Evelyn Vega-Pineda (Currently in 8thGrade) - It was awesome to meet real women working in the sciences!
What advice would they give girls going to #girlSTEM?
With the size of the college and the number of girls that are there, you should definitely study the map and listen to all of the directions so you don’t get lost or confused. With the wide variety of activities, girls should come in with an open mind to get the most out of the experience and be willing to meet and work with girls that you do not know. You’ll be surprised how much fun meeting new people can be.
How do they think people in the community can inspire more girls to consider STEM careers?
There are several things that the community can do to inspire girls to enter the STEM professions. One way would be to create a mentor program where professional women meet with girls to help guide them through the process of entering the sciences. Another way would be to bring female students into the various workplaces. This experience will make us aware of the opportunities out there as well as reduce any anxiety we have about working in the STEM fields.
What, in their opinion, really makes girls want to go into a STEM profession? What might deter a girl from going down that path?
We feel that the best way to get female students interested in the STEM professions is to reinforce the idea that our goals and dreams are attainable. Provide us with the opportunities and experiences to make STEM education come alive. Often times we are deterred from entering these fields or succeeding because we are told that “girls can’t do that” or that “you’re not cool if you’re not cool if you like science.”
What are some of their aspirations for the future?
Rachael Freas – Marine Biologist
Paige Feeney – Animation and Graphic Design
Sarah Cialella – Veterinarian
Summer Hughes – Cosmetologist
Evelyn Vega-Pineda – Animation and video editor