In July, the Museum of Discovery hosted an encouraging educational program centered around Girls in STEM. Val DiGiorgio, Founder of the DiGiorgio STEAM Scholarship and a longtime advocate for STEM programs, shares the details:
More and more programs are cropping up across the country that are focused on inspiring girls to pursue educational paths in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). And if you ask STEAM Advocate Val DiGiorgio how he feels about this, he’ll tell you that he’s all for it! In fact, he believes that we need even more programs that inspire students to pursue STEM both academically and professionally. As well as initiatives that seek to empower largely underrepresented communities within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields.
For their 1-week program, the Museum of Discovery welcomed a group of girls ages 12-16 to participate in a plethora of hands-on activities and learning experiences at the University of Central Arkansas. The program was made possible through sponsorships from Acxiom and Arkansas PBS. The Girls in STEM program largely centered around STEM in healthcare and behavioral sciences. Participants were able to participate in discussions and practice usage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), patient monitoring (with a dummy/mannequin) and moulage — just to name a few of the awesome activities that were offered.