Students from the Conway Area Career Center of Conway High School attended a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) conference at the University of Central Arkansas last week.
This event included only females in an effort to promote these specific career fields, which historically are largely male dominated.
Students were asked to submit an interest survey prior to registration which placed them in three of several sessions which included guest speakers in the areas of chemical and robotic engineering, computer coding, wildlife and natural sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, and astronomy.
Dr. Kimberly Hambuchen served as the keynote speaker, discussing her career field in robotics engineering at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The ladies were treated to a delicious lunch buffet which rounded out the professional experience of the conference.
“I liked the L’Oreal session because they talked about what goes into making the make-up products we use every day," says student Ashlee Carter. "We watched the making of a lipstick and selecting pigments.”
Cailey Maples commented on the presentation of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. “I found myself constantly intrigued by the information about wildlife and nature. We went outdoors and were able to hold an owl. This was a unique experience.”
Student Manahil Kazmi added “I had no idea these career fields were so interesting. I had a great time today."
Many commented that the day was exciting, well-organized, and provided an educational opportunity that would not be obtained otherwise. It was an experience like no other.