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STEM event set for middle school students

More than 450 middle school students from around Stutsman County are expected to attend a Tech Savvy for girls and STEMtastic for boys event on March 7 at the University of Jamestown. The events are free.

The North Dakota STEM Network, AAUW Jamestown Branch, Jamestown Public School District and UJ are collaborating to provide hands-on workshops and opportunities to learn from STEM professionals, said Joan Enderle, event organizer. The participants will work on engineering problem-solving principles, group activities and a chance to step into engineering, mathematician and computer scientist roles, she said.

“We will be reaching today’s youth at the key age when they start to think about educational and career options,” Enderle said.

Other local supporters include Knights of Columbus, Optimist Club, Interstate Engineering,  Agri-Cover and other businesses that are providing STEM professionals.

STEMtastic is a program designed to help inspire future leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. It is to provide challenging learning opportunities to students in a safe and supportive environment through STEM curriculum.

AAUW Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in grades 6-9 to these fields. AAUW Tech Savvy also includes a parent program that encourages families to reinforce girls’ interest in future education and careers in STEM.

For more information, visit the event website at techsavvynd.org.

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