MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello STEM Center will host a one-day STEM Leadership for Girls Conference March 29 for girls in grades 10 through 12 as well as college freshmen and sophomores. The conference is designed to promote interest in fields traditionally filled by men.
The conference is being funded with support from the Carl D. Perkins Technical Education Act of 2006 in partnership with the Arkansas STEM Coalition, the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, and the Arkansas Department of Career Education to stimulate interest among female students in male-dominated fields.
The UAM STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Center is one of 11 centers in Arkansas chosen to receive funding.
“The primary purpose of these conferences is to reduce the stereotype that science and technology are fields mainly for males,” explained Dr. Peggy Doss, dean of the UAM School of Education. “We hope conferences like these will encourage young women to pursue collegiate careers in STEM-related occupations.”
The UAM conference will include activities for 50 or more girls in a workshop format applying topics such as engineering design, 3-D visualization, aquaculture and archeology.
For more information, contact Wanda Jackson, director of the UAM STEM Center, at (870) 460-1667.
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