High school girls to get hands-on look at future careers in STEM
at Adventure Science Center
Students to work alongside female scientists, compete for $3,500 in scholarships
NASHVILLE, Jan. 23, 2014—Adventure Science Center will host its 12th annual TWISTER conference for high school girls on Saturday, Feb. 8, in an effort to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
TWISTER (Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Research) seeks to provide girls who aspire to be like Sally Ride or Madame Marie Curie an opportunity to experience hands-on activities in sessions taught by professional women currently working in science-related fields. Additionally, two 12th grade participants who submitted essays to a special competition will win either $2,500 or $1,000 college scholarships from Women in Technology of Tennessee.
TWISTER is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost for the event is $15, which includes workshops, lunch and admission to the Science Center. Participants are encouraged to register soon as space is limited to the first 125 girls. Registration is available online at www.adventuresci.org/TWISTER.
“This conference has the potential to make a significant impact on the career decisions these young women will make,” said Jeri Hasselbring, director of education at Adventure Science Center. “The professional women leading the workshops have already overcome many of the same hurdles that the girls may encounter as they pursue careers in these fields. We encourage young women to participate and learn what possibilities await them in the world of science and math.”
After the opening session, the participants will divide into various workshops based on their individual interests. The students will interact with professionals in the following fields:
- Life Sciences
- Information Technology
- Biomedical Careers
- Green Technologies
- Environmental Health and Safety
TWISTER is sponsored by the Adventure Science Center, Women in Technology of Tennessee, Deloitte, National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Lipscomb University School of Computing and Informatics, Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, BioTN, Bridgestone and Randolph Macon Women’s College.
Additional scholarship support provided by Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center and Universal Robotics.
The goal of TWISTER is to inform and motivate high school girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The event fosters awareness of career possibilities in math and science-related careers, provides young women with opportunities to meet with positive role models and engages young women with limited opportunities for success in positive experiences involving math and science. The event began in the spring of 2003. Since 2003, over 1,000 students have attended TWISTER and over 250 women have volunteered as presenters.
About Adventure Science Center
For more than 65 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment. For more information, call (615) 862-5160 or visit www.adventuresci.org.
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