Do you know how cooking oil is made? Or how some of your favorite apps are coded? What about how airplanes fly or how 3D printing can help animals? More importantly, do you know that scientists and engineers tackle these and other questions that affect you every day?
On Saturday, November 13, STEM professionals from six different industries shared their careers with middle school girls from around the Greater Cincinnati area. It was all part of Dream Day, and even put on by the national DreamGirls Initiative at Saint Ursula Academy. This free one-day workshop showcased activities scientists and engineers do every day in their careers.
From the moment participants arrived, they realized this was not just another event centered around Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Participants entered a lively, music-filled atmosphere where they met other middle school girls along with their high school and college group leaders from Saint Ursula and the University of Cincinnati. They were treated to a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations by primarily female engineers and scientists.
The DreamGirls Initiative is a nonprofit program committed to closing the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers. DreamGirls programming inspires middle school girls by showcasing female role models working in exciting careers and focuses on the question, "what can you be with a STEM degree?"
This free event was made possible through the generosity of local sponsors including Siemens Digital Industries Software, A&O Building Services, Vonderharr's Catering, and Saint Ursula Academy.