The American Association of University Women partnered with St. Johns County School District to offer our first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Spark Event on Saturday, October 21, 2017. More than 80 seventh and eighth grade girls from St. Johns County attended the STEM Spark Day at Sebastian Middle School. The purpose of STEM Spark Day was to “spark” an interest and broaden the girls’ understanding of STEM fields and careers.
Sixteen women in STEM Careers shared their passion and provided insight into their chosen fields. Careers represented by the women included:
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Environmental Outreach Educator
- Marine Scientist
- Forensic Scientist
- Physical Therapist
- ER Physician
- Software Engineer
- Medical Assistant,
- Industrial Engineer
Students had an opportunity to learn from and ask questions of these STEM careers women in small group sessions and a panel of five of the women who talked about how they chose their field, the path they took to get to their current job and hear advice on how to learn more about opportunities available in STEM fields. Parents also attended the panel discussion with their daughters and received information about preparing for high school from SJCSD Guidance Specialists. According to student feedback, the best part of the day was the “mingle session” where students and parents could continue talking with the women informally.