Girls in STEM-H seeks volunteers

Organizers expect approximately 600 girls and 75 teachers to attend event

Students from around the region are invited to the third annual Girls in STEM-H Day Sept. 24 at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise’s David J. Prior Convocation Center.

This event is an opportunity for young girls to become interested in STEM-H – science, technology, electronics, mathematics and humanities – and start thinking about college.

“It allows [the girls] to one be on a college campus and two to get exposure to things as a group away from the boys,” said event coordinator Alexandria Reynolds.

Reynolds says that new things are happening this year including funding from American Electric Power for about $75,000 to help cover costs and supplies for the event.

Lunch, t-shirts and bags will be provided to the almost 20 schools coming to the event.  Reynolds estimates around 600 girls and 75 teachers will attend the event, in addition to the over 100 volunteer members.

This year the event will feature a welcome from UVa-Wise Chancellor Donna P. Henry and keynote speaker Kelsey Ellis.

Ellis is an assistant professor of geography at the University of Tennessee.  She is a climatologist and also a storm chaser.

There are about 25 workshops for students to attend and interact with that display different career choices in STEM-H.  Each girl will get to go to three workshops as a group.

“Dr. (Josephine) Rodriguez is doing a strawberry DNA workshop, where [the girls] are going to extract DNA from the strawberry and put it in a piece of jewelry” Reynolds said.

Each of the workshops is interactive for students and most have something students can take back with them to school.

For more information visit the Girl’s in STEM-H Day website at gds.uvawise.edu.

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