Inspiring young women was the focus of the 2016 Women Breaking Through Conference hosted by the St. Philip’s College’s Center for Excellence for Mathematics at Southwest Campus. Twenty-five female students from Matthey Middle School and the High School attended this conference and spent the day participating in hands-on demonstrations for various STEM related college majors, including Aerospace Engineering, Geology, Cyber Technology, and more! Sessions were presented by professional female role models who shared their school journey leading into their careers. Some of these included “The Money is in the STEM”, “Cyber Security Awareness”, Aerospace Engineering”, and “Video Game Design’.
Students heard inspirational messages from women in different STEM careers and received advice and answers to their questions. They even had the opportunity to “meet” Ripley, a “germ-zapping robot” that sterilizes hospital rooms. Overall, the conference activities and positive role models helped to spark an interest in those unsure of pursuing a STEM career and fanned the flame for those already planning on a STEM-related career.