Emmanuel Participates in Boston Area Girls S.T.E.M. Collaborative
April 15, 2010
Emmanuel was one of five local colleges to participate in the Boston Area Girls S.T.E.M. Collaborative's second annual "S.E.T. in the City" event on April 10th. The event is one of the collaborative's projects to increase the participation of girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
More than 200 high school girls from across New England met at the Boston University Photonics Center for a morning session consisting of student and professional speakers, including Lindsey Nguyen and Wes Uy from the PBS engineering series, Design Squad, Ann Polaneczky from Engineers Without Borders, and Evelyn Hu, a professor from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University
Participants were then given the opportunity to network with women working in STEM (or SET) fields during lunch and afternoon activities at Emmanuel College as well as Wentworth Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Simmons College, or the Biogen Idec Community Lab. Beyond Benign, a green chemistry outreach nonprofit, sponsored laboratory activities at both Emmanuel and Simmons.
Jill Tietjen, keynote speaker and author of HER STORY: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America, kicked off the remaining sessions at the Museum of Science Boston. Undergraduate and graduate students in chemistry, mathematics, physics and civil engineering from Emmanuel, Simmons, Northeastern and Boston University answered questions about their experiences afterwards.
The Boston Area Girls S.T.E.M. Collaborative was created in 2008 by a group of individuals and representatives from the nonprofit, university and museum world who are united by their commitment to advocate for girls' participation in STEM fields. The group encourages girls' participation in STEM by collaborating on the development and implementation of programs; leveraging and sharing resources for greater impact; and providing information about and access to STEM programs and careers.
Members include Emmanuel College, Boston University, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Girls Scouts of Eastern MA, Harvard University, Boston Museum of Science, Northeastern University, Science Clubs for Girls, Simmons College, UMass Boston, Wentworth Institute of Technology and WGBH.
For more information, visit the Boston Area Girls S.T.E.M. Collaborative's Facebook page.