CHILDERSBURG, Ala. – The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Talladega County Branch is collaborating with three Talladega County Schools, Childersburg, Fayetteville, and Winterboro, in their combined Girls STEAM Projects this Friday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Central Alabama Community College (CACC) on the Childersburg Campus.

During the morning session, approximately 175 seventh and eighth grade girls will come together to explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math with an Artistic component) careers and degrees by hearing Women in STEM from CACC, University of Alabama, and University of Alabama at Birmingham. CACC Dean of Instruction Dr. Carry DeAtley will present learning opportunities for the school.

Co-Directors Audrey Salgado and Alesia Williams represented Talladega County at the AAUW National Convention in Washington, D.C., where they participated in discussions regarding women in education with staffers for Alabama senators and District III’s House representatives.

Emily Nestor, Technology Integration Specialist, Talladega County Schools, stated “based on these explorations, the girls will work collaboratively to identify words and phrases that symbolize women in STEAM. These words and phrases will then be turned into visual representations at each of the three participating schools through the use of a coding based 3D design program.”

“AAUW researchers know that career choice begins in the middle school years and is influenced by parents, teachers, peers, and the media,” said Audrey L. Salgado, AAUW Girls STEAM Project Co-Director. “We can positively change the perception of the STEM professions with intentional effort to influence parents, teachers, and students in our communities.”

In order to break the barrier for Girls in STEAM, we must provide girls with opportunities to explore STEAM in real world context and to foster their curiosity through hands on learning.” stated Nestor.

Students will be under the supervision of Talladega County School teachers for this field trip.

The project is partially funded by an AAUW Community Action Grant supporting innovative programs that promote education and equality for girls in rural areas.

Kim Ellison for SylacaugaNews.com | © 2017, SylacaugaNews.com/Marble City Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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