STEM accessibility for young girls focus of local alliance event

GEORGETOWN – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is crucial to America’s workforce.

STEM employees generate new ideas, commercialize patents and provide the flexibility and critical thinking required in the modern economy.

The Office of the Chief Economist reports that women continue to hold less than 25 percent of STEM related jobs in the workforce.

Sussex County STEM Alliance, a local, community-based volunteer group, is standing to facilitate a change in advancing and creating excitement around STEM for the youth of Sussex County.  The inauguration of their first event, Engineering Your Tomorrow will be April 14 at Delaware Technical Community College.

The event at the Owens campus’ Carter Partnership Center runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is free with limited seating and registration is required. Parents and students are encouraged to reserve their tickets online by visiting the Sussex County STEM Alliance website: www.sussexstem.com/eyt.

The Engineering Your Tomorrow event is geared toward middle-school aged girls, grades sixth through eighth, with a day full of fun hands-on, engaging activities based on fundamental principles of science and engineering, led by successful women scientists and engineers.

Parents will also participate by learning and exploring education and career options available to girls in STEM fields.

“Our nation is experiencing a shortage of qualified STEM talent to fill the open STEM jobs,” said Mike Maksymow, vice president/chief operating officer of Beebe Healthcare and founder of Sussex County STEM Alliance. “One of the contributing factors is the significant gender imbalance where 76 percent of STEM careers are filled by men.  If we are going to remedy the shortage, we need to attract girls to the fun and fascinating fields of STEM.”

For more information about this event or the organization, contact us Keri Boyer at 645-7770, ext. 807 or email: kboyer@securenetmd.com.

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