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WIB-Atlanta: YWIB An Exhibitor in Young Women In STEM Career Fair, March 17, 2019

Posted By Marsha Morgenstern, Monday, March 25, 2019

On Sunday March 17th, representatives from YWIB Atlanta attended the first ever Young Women In STEM Fair at the Atlanta Jewish Academy. This event was designed to expose female high school students and 8th graders from across the metro Atlanta area to a wide variety of educational and career paths in STEM, connect the girls with women in STEM fields, and help the girls connect with their peers with similar interests. The event included a keynote address by Dr. Lori Zeltser from Columbia University, numerous booths representing places like the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health (and Women In Bio, of course) to provide the participants with opportunities to meet women who have careers in STEM fields, and break-out sessions meant to give the students a hands-on STEM experience or learn more about a specific topic. YWIB Atlanta volunteers, along with a handful of Agnes Scott College student volunteers, spoke with the young participants who visited the WIB booth to discuss their current interests and future ambitions as well as the volunteers’ own careers or studies in STEM and answer the students’ questions. The students’ interests were varied – from rheumatology to writing – and the WIB and Agnes Scott volunteers were delighted to engage with them and hopefully inspire them to continue exploring the innumerable options available in STEM.  

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 Meanwhile, the break-out sessions were arranged similar to a conference, with the students choosing which of the handful of sessions to attend. YWIB Atlanta facilitated a breakout session titled “From Cups to Cleaner” which focused on green chemistry which had a great turnout. Students were introduced to the 12 principles of green chemistry, learned about renewable resources such as the biodegradable polymer polylactic acid (PLA), and used a simple base hydrolysis to convert a PLA plastic cup into a household cleaning product. Agnes Scott College student volunteers helped WIB volunteers facilitate the “From Cups to Cleaner” session, which also gave the high school students a unique opportunity to connect with women just a bit older than them pursuing STEM majors while they waited for the reaction to complete. Both the high school students and the Agnes Scott College students enjoyed and benefited from the experience – a resounding success!

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