Annually, the Education Opportunity Association (Midwest TRiO Programs) hosts a Girls in STEM conference to cater to the interests and inquiries of scholars interested in STEAM fields. Taking place at Bowling Green State University (Ohio), ND TRiO STEAMers experienced STEAM in a variety of formats that included hands-on activities, small group presentations, tours of campus laboratories, and a keynote address. Based on interest, Lady STEAMmers, selected three career-oriented sessions that focused on areas ranging from architecture to NASA. “I really enjoyed my sessions. I feel even more inspired to become a doctor. I know what I need to do,” said Lakima Stokes. While the focus of the conference is designed to spark and/or maintain interest in STEAM among pre-college girls, the message also resonated with TRiO staffer, Julia Young. “I’m not a STEM person at heart, but I left the conference feeling like I was capable, informed, and empowered. This was a really great conference and from the looks and sounds of it, the students thought so too.”
The conference concluded with a self defense course, a campus tour, and an empowering message from author, Diana Patton.