8th grade girls invited to Super STEM conference at ISU Tuesday


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The following is a news release from Idaho State University.

POCATELLO – The second annual Super STEM Girl Conference will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union and is sponsored by the Idaho State University Center for New Directions.

Eighth grade girls from Pocatello, Chubbuck, American Falls and Aberdeen schools are invited to explore their own “super powers” at this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) conference where the girls will learn about their interests and strengths in the STEM fields. The Super STEM Girl participants, their parents and teachers will spend the day participating in hands-on STEM-related activities across the ISU campus.

The conference is designed to help each girl discover what her distinctive strengths are and to help her gain confidence in her very own STEM super powers.

The dynamic finale of the day will be the Super Power Showcase where successful women in STEM fields, dressed in their occupational attire, are interviewed by popular local DJ’s about the careers and skills they have developed in order to become successful.

Interested parents and their daughters must contact their school counselor about attending because there is a limit of attendees for each school. Pre-registration is required and there is a conference registration fee of $10 per student, parent, teacher and counselor.

The Super STEM Girls conference is designed to educate eighth-grade girls and their parents about opportunities in STEM careers where women are predominantly under-represented in spite of the fact that these occupations are often very high-paying and in high demand.

Secondary female students often choose not to take the classes that lead to careers in STEM for a variety of reasons. This conference hopes to break through some of those barriers as the girls learn about and gain confidence in their STEM skills.

Please visit the Center for New Directions Super STEM Girl website for more information about the day’s activities.

Contact the Center for New Directions at (208) 282-2454 or visit the website for more information.