3rd Annual Middle School Girls S.T.E.M. Summit to be offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Middle school girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math will once again spend a day exploring these fields through hands on activities, workshops and interaction with local S.T.E.M. professionals on Saturday, May 14, 2011.  The 3rd Annual S.T.E.M. Summit will be held at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) and is a free event.

Last year, girls were able to simulate the oil spill in one workshop and created snow in another.  “It is so important for these girls to be engaged in learning,” said Julie Going, the Project Manager for this year’s Summit and USFSM alum.  “Especially at their age.  I have a teenage daughter and I know that it takes a lot to keep them entertained.  Knowing that these girls can come to our local University and have a hands-on and encouraging experience is why I wanted to get involved.  It really is something special.”

The S.T.E.M. fields are generally dominated by men and the purpose of this workshop is to encourage middle school girls to pursue the fields they are interested in while giving them the necessary tools and information.  Parents/Guardians will also be invited to attend a workshop at the end of the Summit, giving them the necessary tools to continue encouraging S.T.E.M., and other, education at home.

Event registration will begin at 8:45am on May 14th with the Summit beginning at 9:15am and ending at 3:00pm with lunch provided.  Registration information can be found online at: www.sarasota.usf.edu/stem.  Space for the summit is limited and will be available to the girls on a first come, first served basis.

The S.T.E.M. Summit is co-sponsored by the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  The event is made possible through the hard work of University staff and over 70 community volunteers.