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Oct. 25: 'Girls Explore STEM' Event

Approximately 140 high school students to attend event led by Institutional Diversity and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

2016-10-26
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-19-2016

Mankato, Minn. – The Division of Institutional Diversity and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato will host approximately 140 high school students at its third annual “Girls Explore STEM” visit day from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom that will allow the students an opportunity to explore education and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Girls Explore STEM visit day will involve engaging, fun topics of science, technology, engineering and math. It is intended to promote appreciation for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in today’s youth. According to the Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey (ACS) (see page 7 at this link), U.S. women comprise just 25.8 percent of STEM workers despite making up 47.5 percent of the workforce.

The students will arrive and check in from 9-10 a.m., and after a 10 a.m. welcome, Karla Ortiz, a Minnesota State Mankato alumna who is now a business strategy manager for Cummins Inc., will deliver a keynote address from 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

From 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., students will participate in demonstrations and displays from faculty, student groups and industry partners, a campus tour, a student Q & A panel, and many other activities geared toward promoting STEM appreciation in today’s youth. There will be a lunch and student panel discussion from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Minnesota State Mankato departments and organizations based at the University that are collaborating on the Girls Explore STEM visit day include the Women’s Center, the Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence, Institutional Diversity and Opportunity Access Success Intercultural Services. Event sponsors include Verizon Wireless and Regenerative Medicine Minnesota.

For more information on the Girls Explore STEM college visit, contact Megan Heutmaker from Institutional Diversity at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-5230 or by email at megan.heutmaker@mnsu.edu, or Stephanie Zojonc, STEM outreach director for the Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence, by phone at 507-389-2110 or by email at stephanie.zojonc@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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