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Barker & Krueger Attend Girls STEM Conference in Indianapolis

Barker and Krueger Girls Participate in the Girls STEM Conference in Indianapolis

Forty girls from Barker and Krueger Middle Schools traveled to the Sycamore School in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 7th to participate in the “Curiosity, Confidence, Challenge Girls STEM Conference”.  Environmental Science teacher Daisey Lee from Krueger and 7th/8th Science teacher Amy Hamann from Barker organized and chaperoned the event. Girls from all over the state of Indiana were invited to participate in the all day event, limited to 400 girls.  The conference is directed toward middle school girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades on careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The event is designed to heighten girls’ interest in STEM careers and encourage them to select high school courses that will lead to success in college.  The conference featured small-group workshops led by professional women in the field of veterinary medicine, biochemistry, mechanical engineering, pharmacy, and much more. In all, 34 different STEM career workshops were available and participants chose workshops of their interest. The girls participated in five hands-on workshops and attended two assemblies.

The conference is organized by Sycamore School and sponsored by Corteva Agrisciences and  American Association of the University Women (AAUW). The cost of the conference for each participant is $35.00.  Sycamore School sponsored 30 spots for Barker and Krueger and the Michigan City Commission for Women sponsored 10 additional girls to attend.