Updated: 02/01/2014 5:15 PM KSTP.com By: Megan Stewart
STEM Day at Visitation School
Photo: Photo provided by Helen Wilkie
Girls from around the Twin Cities heard a keynote from a member of the Society of Women Engineers and participated in hands-on workshops led by physicians, a surgeon, computer programmers, mechanical engineers, a filmmaker, educators, a theater tech wizard, and more.
Since 2009, Visitation has organized and hosted the event to encourage girls in grades 6 through 8 to pursue STEM-related courses in high school and college. The idea is they ultimately take up careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Last year, the school constructed a $2.5 million STEM building and STEM Day was the first public event in the new facility.
The building has a math and physics-based classrooms, engineering assembly areas, a machine shop, and practice areas for Visitation’s all-girls robotics team.