One hundred seventh grade girls from Ballston Spa Middle School recently participated with girls from throughout the region at the 2018 Girls’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Summit hosted by Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART.
The event was hosted by the non-profit Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region in collaboration with their partners so female students could learn from women working in STEM fields about their educational and career paths and what they do. The goal of the summit is to expose middle school-aged girls to positive and engaging STEM-skill experiences and to stimulate curiosity and interest in STEM careers.
The keynote address for the event was presented by Dr. Valarie Rapson, Outreach Astronomer from the Dudley Observatory at MiSci Museum, who shared with the students her career path and how they should consider careers that involve STEM. Attendees also participated in two hands-on workshops in one of the STEM fields, including construction, astronomy, forensics, life science, and decoding music.