Conference strives to attract 11th graders to STEM fields

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Penn State Berks will host its annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference titled “Today and Tomorrow 2014” on Tuesday, March 11. Approximately 100 11th-grade students are expected to attend the conference, which will feature instructors and students from Penn State Berks and the community who will provide workshops with the goal of encouraging the high school students to continue their studies in science, math, engineering and technology.

Interactive workshops will aim to enlighten students on the possibilities for future studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. One of Penn State Berks’ initiatives for community outreach is to offer youth programming that encourages and prepares students for science and technology degrees and to expand efforts to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the community. Collaboration with area school districts to improve science education is one way in which Penn State Berks hopes to advance this initiative.

This program was originally created and organized by Janet Winter, senior lecturer in mathematics, who retired from Penn State Berks in 2012.

For more information about the STEM Conference, contact Elizabeth Wiggins, lecturer in engineering, via email at EXW16@psu.edu or Tricia Clark, lecturer in information, systems and technology, via email at TKC3@psu.edu.

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