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#girlSTEM comes to campus May 21

Mar 25, 2015

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Credit: Delaware Valley College. Girls participate in the 2014 #girlSTEM conference at Delaware Valley College. The event seeks to inspire middle and high school girls to pursue STEM careers. The event is planned and organized by the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22, which partners with Delaware Valley College and The United Way of Bucks County’s Women’s Initiative to bring it to campus.


The Bucks County Intermediate Unit is planning a conference to inspire middle and high school girls to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers that will be held at Delaware Valley College Thursday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The conference is led and coordinated by the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22, is sponsored by the Bucks County Women’s Initiative, and is being hosted by DelVal. #girlSTEM will bring 700 girls to DelVal’s campus to engage with and learn from professional women working in STEM-related jobs. The Bucks County IU is currently requesting proposals for presentations. Registration for participants opened March 25. The conference was originally scheduled to host 360 girls, but when those spots filled, organizers expanded it to 700 girls. Registration for students is now closed. #girlSTEM is still seeking presenters. 

“We are looking for engaging and dynamic professional women to show young girls that it is possible for women to enter these fields by connecting them with role models,” said Dr. Lindsey Sides, coordinator of teaching, learning and nonpublic services at the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 and coordinator of #girlSTEM.

Sessions are 45 minutes for a group of 25 to 40 girls, but colleagues may choose to present in groups of two or three. It is suggested that all presentations include a hands-on component and time for open forum discussion. For example, an engineer had girls building roller coasters and a developer had girls brainstorming iPhone apps.

Helping to host this conference is part of DelVal’s commitment to excellence in STEM education. DelVal was named a 2015 STEM Approved College by Victory Media and a high percentage of women at DelVal are studying STEM majors.  For students enrolled full-time in fall 2012: 75.2 percent (807 out of 1073 women) were in STEM majors.

The 2015 #girlSTEM Conference is made possible by the following sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: PECO

Gold Sponsor: Dow

Silver Sponsors: Comcast and Parx Casino

Bronze Sponsors: Huntingdon Valley Bank and National Penn Bank

Inspire girls to pursue STEM careers:  Registration is open through April 15 for presenters. To learn more and to submit a presentation proposal, please visit: www.bucksiu.org/girlSTEM or contact Dr. Lindsey Sides at lsides@bucksiu.org.