UAPB among schools chosen for girls in STEM grant

STEM CONFERENCE FOR GIRLSPINE BLUFF, Ark. – The Arkansas STEM Coalition, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and the Arkansas Department of Career Education, announces the award of $76,000 from the Carl D. Perkins Technical Education Act of 2006 to support eleven STEM Leadership for Girls Conferences held to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The one-day conferences will be held in April and May 2015.  The purpose of the grant funding is to improve opportunities and services to Arkansas female students, particularly in grades 10-12 and in grades 13-14 which are freshman and sophomore years.  In addition the conferences will promote interest in STEM career fields and ultimately reduce the stereotype that these fields are mainly for males. This program hopes to encourage young females to pursue collegiate careers in STEM related occupations.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) was among the institutions chosen to host a girls STEM conference.The STEM grants provide a STEM LEADERSHIP for GIRLS Conference on a college campus for female students in grades 10-14. Only girls in these grades may participate.  The Conference will include STEM activities for 50 or more girls in a workshop format applying topics such as robotics, coding, engineering design, space science, nanoscience, chemical reactions, and 3-D visualization. It is important to help girls thrive in a STEM world.  The Conference may include a tour of STEM facilities and STEM programs offered at the college.

“The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff continues to expand its portfolio of innovative STEM programs to help ensure a diverse and well-prepared U.S. STEM workforce,” said Dr. Mary Benjamin, vice chancellor for Research, Innovation and Economic Development. “The 2015 STEM Leadership for Girls Grant helps to address the needs to tap the talent of the girls who will become the women of tomorrow with engaging and productive STEM careers.”

Interested girls should go to the Arkansas STEM Coalition website at www.arkansasstemcoalition.com/arkansas-stem-centers/ to find the nearest STEM Center University contact information about how to register. The conference hosted at UAPB will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015. Locations and dates for other locales are listed below.

Arkansas State University – Jonesboro, Saturday, April 11, 2015

University of Arkansas at Monticello – Tuesday, April 21, 2015

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith – Friday, April 24, 2015

Arkansas Tech University – Russellville – Saturday, April 25, 2015

East Arkansas Community College – Forrest City – Saturday, April 25, 2015

Harding University – Searcy – Saturday, April 25, 2015

Henderson State University – Arkadelphia – Saturday, April 25, 2015

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville – Saturday, April 25, 2015

Southern Arkansas University – Magnolia – Saturday, May 2, 2015

University of Central Arkansas – Conway – Friday, May 22, 2015

For more information, contact Suzanne Mitchell, Executive Director of the Arkansas STEM Coalition and/or Joy M. Jackson, Interim Director of the UAPB K-12 STEM Education Center at jacksonjm@uapb.edu .

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