USF Sarasota-Manatee S.T.E.M. Summit for Middle School Girls

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Hundreds of middle school girls from Sarasota and Manatee County schools will participate in the 4thannual girls’ S.T.E.M. SUMMIT on Saturday May 18 presented by USF Sarasota-Manatee. This free event offers a full-day of hands-on activities, speakers, breakout sessions, raffle prizes and more, all geared to getting girls fired up about science, technology, engineering math and medicine. From designing robots to figuring out the science of sound (such as answering the question, how you know the dog is barking on your right side and not your left?) participants will have fun plunging into real-world experiences and learning about exciting career opportunities. USF Sarasota-Manatee wants to see more young women embrace the sciences and become leaders in S.T.E.M. fields!

Registration and a light breakfast start the day at 8:30 a.m., followed by morning and afternoon workshops for girls and their parents. Lunch is included.

Activities include an inspirational video made by Brittany Wenger, Out-of-Door Academy High School senior and the grand prize winner of Google’s Science Fair for her invention of an artificial ‘brain’ to detect breast cancer.  Brittany is a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search and was recently a special guest at the White House Science Fair.

Keynote by: Gabrielle Holt, a senior at Riverview High School. One of Girls Inc’s Girl of the Year awardees, Gabrielle plans to study Physical Science at FSU, and one day hopes to join Nike in their research division to test the limits of the human body.

Some Workshop Highlights Include:

1.      Sarasota Memorial Hospital: Xtreme Aging: A “Senior Sensitivity Training Session” focused on what it actually feels like to grow old through hands-on sensory exercises.

2.      USFSM College of Arts & Sciences: “Extracting DNA from Strawberries”: Observing DNA with the naked eye, learning how to extract it and actually taking it home in the form of a necklace.

3.      Civil Engineering for Girls: “Marble Roller Coaster”: Two civil engineers take students through a team exercise in building marble roller coasters while applying basic concepts in physics.

4.      Multicultural Health Institute: “Bones, Beauty & Brains”: Learning the importance of good nutrition, measuring BMI, analyzing food labels and more.

5.      Pine View High School Robotics Demo: Florida’s Regional robotics competition winners will demo their mini robots and show what took them to the Nationals in St. Louis.

6.      USFSM College of Arts & Sciences: “Evidence Based Criminal Justice”: Using a hypothetical crime scene, students will learn about physical and scientific evidence, collecting, analyzing and interpreting data.

7.       Mote Marine: “SENSational Manatees”:  Manatees face dangers from human-related activities such as boat strikes. In order to protect these gentle giants, it is important to understand how they interact with their environment. Participants will test manatee senses to experience how they make their home in Sarasota Bay.

8.      Roskamp Institute: “Be a Neuroscientist For a Day-Evaluate Alzheimer’s Disease”: Examining pathology in brain slices from mice as a model  for understanding Alzheimer’s Disease.

9.      Sun Hydraulics Corporation: “The Intersection of Art and Science”: Girls become engineers, making their own model airplanes with prizes for the most air-worthy and most creative design.

…and lots more!