Middle school girls explore career possibilities through hands-on activities

Middle school girls participate in genetics-related experiments in the genetics workshop presented by Sue Sherman, professor at Trinidad State Junior College.

Middle school girls participate in genetics-related experiments in the genetics workshop presented by Sue Sherman, professor at Trinidad State Junior College.

Middle school girls from Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico dissected fish, learned how to take blood pressure, made stitches in a chicken breast, listened for a dog’s heartbeat, stroked a horse, and participated in other exciting hands-on activities as part of the second annual Girls in the Middle conference hosted by Trinidad State Junior College.

 

The event, held on Friday, encouraged more than 100 participants to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through speakers and activities, all presented by successful women in their fields. In groups of about ten, the middle school girls rotated through two workshops each focused on a specific career. The presentations included career fields of computer technology, nursing, genetics, environmental science, equine science, geology and engineering, physician, veterinary science, wildlife manager/aquatic biologist, and agriculture science.

All of the girls listened in for the keynote speaker, Natural Resource Specialist Glenda Torres, and participated in the zookeeper workshop toward the end of the conference. This year’s event, themed “Stemopoly,” enabled the girls to learn more about STEM careers through activities related to the familiar game of Monopoly.

The goal of Girls in the Middle is to introduce young female students to the many exciting career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. By exploring these possibilities, the hope is to encourage middle school girls to continue these studies through high school and beyond.

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