Kentucky Science Center Hosts Annual STEM Conference throughout Kentucky and Indiana

By: Mellisa Blankenship

This summer over 75 girls from across Kentucky explored how they could become leaders of tomorrow at the annual Youth Science Summits in Lexington and Louisville. Presented and designed by the Kentucky Science Center, Youth Science Summits are designed to engage communities by providing Middle and High School youth with access to regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers, programs, and fields of study by engaging professional partner groups

“Whether a rising 6th grader with a knack for writing code or a high school senior who can’t wait to earn her college degree in geological science, Youth Science Summit brings together a growing community of young people across our state who are not only passionate about science, but also see it radically changing the landscape of our communities and want to harness that for future good.”

Participants leave each Summit with an enhanced understanding of opportunities to connect STEM learning to their lives. Through interactive industry labs, team dialogue, hands-on activities and speed mentoring, participants engage with a variety of STEM professionals from their region and explore the myriad of careers, and fields of study they could pursue throughout the region.

“The Youth Science Summit is designed to cultivate passion and ideation across the Commonwealth,” said Science Center Executive Director Joanna Haas. “Whether a rising 6th grader with a knack for writing code or a high school senior who can’t wait to earn her college degree in geological science, Youth Science Summit brings together a growing community of young people across our state who are not only passionate about science, but also see it radically changing the landscape of our communities and want to harness that for future good.”

Youth Science Summits are a wonderful opportunity for young women and men to connect with future role models and mentors.  This mentoring can be especially critical for young women.  During the elementary years, girls often approach STEM topics with the same enthusiasm as their male peers.  However this interest declines dramatically as they enter into Middle and High School.  By introducing girls early to strong female role models and STEM professionals you can reengage their interest in STEM topics and inspire them to explore their part in the world of STEM careers.

Kentucky Science Center hosts Youth Science Summits throughout the state in partnership with local universities, businesses and STEM professionals.  These conferences occur annually in areas such as Northern Kentucky, Louisville, Lexington, Paducah, and for the first time in November 2016, Clark County Indiana.  Over 1300 Middle and High School students have participated in 13 Youth Science Summit events since 2011.

By: Mellisa Blankenship – Senior Manager of Fee-Based and Partnership Initiatives

Kentucky Science Center – 727 West Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky

About Kentucky Science Center (KYScienceCenter.org)

Kentucky Science Center is a nonprofit educational institution that encourages people of all ages to do science in engaging, educational and entertaining ways to inspire a lifetime of learning. Designated the “State Science Center of Kentucky” by the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly, Kentucky Science Center features interactive exhibits and engaging programs for children, families and adults. Kentucky Science Center is committed to growing a scientifically literate community that investigates, questions, and challenges.

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