NORWALK, Conn. — A conference aimed at encouraging girls in grades 4 to 8 to participate in hands-on experiments while learning about exciting careers in STEM will take place Oct. 19 at Norwalk Community College's East Campus, 188 Richards Ave.
The event, "Amazing Girls Science Conference," is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m and is sponsored by Saturday Academy Inc., Norwalk Community College and Fairfield County Links.
The conference, facilitated by Cynthia Barnett, is directed toward middle school girls. The purpose is for the attendees to participate in hands-on experiments and to learn about cutting-edge careers in math and science. Topics will include DNA tracking, CSI forensics, marine biology, astronomy, insects and more.
“Many young women wonder whether there is a future for them in science and engineering," Barnett said in a statement. "Jobs in the United States requiring science skills are increasing at a rate of five times greater that the rate of other jobs. The science and math courses that are taken in middle and high school are vital to entrance into science and engineering programs for college.”
Barnett was employed in the Norwalk Pubic School system for more than 30 years as a teacher, guidance counselor and assistant principal at Brien McMahon High School. She founded Saturday Academy Inc. because she had a burning desire to give back to her community and to help close the achievement gap. Saturday Academy is a nonprofit scientific and educational enrichment program designed to create an interest in science and technology.
Its aim is to build self-confident, community-oriented leaders by strengthening student’s educational skills, improving academic achievement, providing a school-to-career focus, exposure to colleges and universities and enhancing problem-solving, critical thinking, analytical, communication, presentation, leadership and interpersonal skills.
Registration is limited, call Cynthia Barnett at 203-855-9714 to sign up.