TROY — The 9th annual Girls in STEM conference will be held at Hudson Valley Community College on Saturday, March 26, from 8-11:30 a.m. in the college’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center.
This popular annual event includes fun, hands-on activities designed to get young women interested, excited and confident about pursuing science and technology-based careers.
The event is open to girls in grades four through eight. The number of participants for this popular, free event is limited, and online pre-registration is required.
The event will kick off with a keynote talk by Melissa France, a forensic chemist with the New York State Police.
During the preregistration process, students will choose two workshops to attend after the keynote address. All workshops are facilitated by leaders and educators in STEM professions and will cover topics like architecture, electricity, computer science, physics and engineering.
Programs like the Girls in STEM event are essential for youth, especially girls, organizers said. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Department of Labor, much of the growth in the domestic and global economy will come from STEM-related jobs – a highly lucrative and competitive field. According to a 2021 Pew Research study, women represent only 25% of computer science degree graduates and only 15% of engineering degree graduates.
“Hudson Valley Community College is proud to host Girls in STEM again this year, and we are happy to host an in-person event for the first time in two years,” said Hudson Valley President Roger Ramsammy. “Girls in STEM shows young girls, firsthand, the many different educational and career opportunities that are open to them. Seeing successful female professionals also helps them understand that STEM careers are an option worth pursuing.”
For more information about the 2022 Girls in STEM event, contact Courtney Lamport at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-629-7578.