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.

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