The seventh-annual STEM event was hosted recently at the Taylor campus of Wayne County Community College by the Wyandotte-Downriver Branch of the American Association of University Women.
Attending were 93 Downriver middle-school girls from 19 schools. It was the first STEM event in two years because of the pandemic.
Several STEM workshops and activities were held. Among the workshops were “How Science in Incorporated by the Michigan State Police,” by Detective Sergeant Melisa Bernum-Schaub; “Electric Cars in Your Future,” presented by General Motors Brownstown Battery’s plant manager Sandy Calabrese and her team, and “The Secret Life of Trees: How RE-TREE is using Technology and Innovation to Protect and Preserve our Planet” by Dennise Vidosh.
Each participant received lunch and a backpack full of items.
“Since 2014, the AAUW Wyandotte-Downriver group has organized and conducted an annual one-day STEM symposium for middle-school girls from all of the Downriver school districts,” the organization said. “(Girls receive) more knowledge about the non-traditional, STEM-related fields that may interest them as they get ready for high school, college and beyond.”
AAUW Wyandotte-Downriver meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is June 14 at Haas Park, 86 South Washington St. in Trenton. The public is welcome. Attendees should bring a lawn chair and their own snack and beverage.
AAUW Wyandotte-Downriver supports leadership, education, equity and economic security for women through scholarships, training and political advocacy. For more information, call Barbara Duran at (313) 300-1710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared on The Monroe News: Nearly 100 students attend Downriver STEM event