STEM Day at Visitation Attracts Girls Across Twin Cities

Updated: 02/01/2014 5:15 PM By: Megan Stewart

STEM Day at Visitation School
STEM Day at Visitation School
Photo: Photo provided by Helen Wilkie

In an effort to encourage more young women and girls to study science, technology, engineering, and math, Visitation School hosted its fifth Middle School STEM Day for Girls Saturday.

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.