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Tech Collective’s STEM Career Expo Connects 125 Middle School Girls With Technology Companies

PROVIDENCE, RI – This past November, 125 middle school students and 13 educators attended the Tech Collective’s annual STEM-in-the-Middle girls’ career expo, hosted by the RI College STEM Center.
STEM-in-the-Middle aims to raise awareness and participation in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields at the middle school level. Students attended hands-on workshops throughout the day on such topics as: biotechnology, environmental science, engineering, physics, computer technology, digital media and programming, robotics, and arts. In addition, the Expo featured remarks from Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the RI Department of Health.
Expo workshops were designed and facilitated by 31 female industry professionals and faculty. Companies and organizations bringing real-world insight and experience to STEM-in-the-Middle were: Amgen, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, NASA, the Ocean Exploration Trust at URI, Dassault Systemès Simulia Corporation, Rhode Island College, Leidtke Design, Fab Newport, Ahlers Designs, and the US Navy.
Now in its fifth year, STEM-in-the-Middle has reached a total of 520 middle school girls with support from an annual Governor’s Workforce Board Industry Partnership grant for biosciences, as well as from industry sponsors.
Read more about the Stem-in-the-Middle Expo HERE.

Art League of Rhode Island celebrates Halloween with TINKER TIME with ARTISTS

RHODE ISLAND – The Art League of Rhode Island celebrates Halloween with TINKER TIME with ARTISTS on Saturday, October 31st from 1-3pm at the VETS Gallery, located at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The VETS), 5th floor, 83 Park Street, Providence.

The FREE event is for everyone, 7 and older.  Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.  Tinker Time with the Artists will be a hands-on STEAM workshop (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Math).  Participants will explore physical phenomena through observing, touching, and making alongside artists and designers.  “Visualize mathematical structures.  Build a smart sculpture.  Construct a magical moving image.  Create a nature-inspired collage!”

Participating artists and designers include:  Carl Fasano, John Arden Hiigli, Amy Leidtke, Stephen Metcalf, Wanda M. Miglus, Sophia Sobers, and more.

Tinker Time with Artists is part of the ALRI’s Tangible Thinking exhibit taking place at the VETS Gallery, and is supported by the Van Liew Trust Company, Amy Leidtke, Stephen Metcalf, and the RI State Council on the Arts.

The Gallery is accessible from 83 Park Street, on the side of the auditorium, with parking in the North Side of the Providence Place Mall Garage.

Art League Rhode Island numbers among its members some of Rhode Island’s most prominent artists working in a wide range of media from painting to furniture making. Through exhibitions and educational programs, ALRI promotes artistic excellence and builds pubic awareness and appreciation for the visual arts.

For more information, contact ALRI at, or call 401-861-0500.

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