Girl Power: Science for women to be discussed

women-in-stem-1That’s the aim of Girls in STEM, a special evening of activities and a speaker panel with local women with careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

At 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the downtown library, a panel of three women in STEM fields will discuss their careers and what it took to get there. Activities that focus on science and technology will be available and refreshments will be served.

Door prizes, including a NASA LEGO set and copies of the young reader’s edition of Hidden Figures, will be given away as well.

The panelists will be Alynn Eggert, math and engineering teacher at St. Joseph High School; Cheryl Ann Miller, applications engineer at Shield Restraint Systems; Amanda Reynolds, programmer/analyst with Martin’s Super Markets; and Monika Felten, director of research and development at Serim Research Corp.

According to children’s librarian Allison McLean, the program comes from EPL’s NASA at My Library grant, which confirms the library’s commitment to education in the STEM area.

EPL was one of just 75 libraries nationwide selected for NASA at My Library.

Girls in STEM is one program focused on getting more women involved in the historically male-dominated fields of STEM.

“They want us to try and reach girls and women, which are underrepresented groups in NASA and other science careers,” McLean said.

“Giving girls role models and examples of women working in the field today will help them envision a future for themselves in the sciences as well.”

The program will start with STEM activities for students, refreshments and a time to mingle before the panel begins. After about 20 minutes of discussion the audience will be able to ask questions to the panelists.

Although there is a focus on young women,  McLean said all families are welcome, but giving girls that are interested in the sciences role models is the aim of the program.

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