Girls Explore STEM Day a Success

Mankato, Minn. – The College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato hosted approximately 140 high school students at its third annual “Girls Explore STEM” visit day on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.  The event allowed students an opportunity to explore education and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Girls Explore STEM visit day involved engaging, fun topics of science, technology, engineering and math. It was 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 were welcomed by Dr. Brian Martensen, Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology then listened to Karla Ortiz, a Minnesota State Mankato alumna who is now a business strategy manager for Cummins Inc. deliver a keynote address.

From, students participated 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.

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.

Check out the fantastic newspaper article by the Mankato Freepress or the news story from KEYC to learn more about the event.