On February 10, 2015, nearly 160 high school students and educators came to Essex County College for a day of hands-on workshops designed to stimulate interest in high-demand, technology-based careers including: food chemistry, forensic technology, the mechanics of electric motors, rocketry, robotics, 3-D printing, and technology-based medical care using life-like mannequin “patients”. Each student was able to take part in two of the seven workshops that were offered.
Educators who accompanied the students had a hands-on workshop in the morning and an afternoon panel discussion where they learned about various paths to careers in STEM, the many advantages of Essex County College, and the need for high school students to have a better preparation in math and quantitative thinking before starting college courses.
The feedback we received from students and educators alike was very positive. Some of the comments from students were:
“Great to experience a college environment;”“I will use what I learned to consider college majors and career choices;” “It was fun to work with students from other schools.”
None of this would have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors! They enabled us to introduce many high-school young women and their educators from the Newark area to the exciting and lucrative career possibilities in STEM fields.
We are in the process of designing an even better Teentech Newark 2016, and I hope we can count on your continued community support.
Karen Brown, AAUW NJ Teentech Coordinator
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since 1881, AAUW has been advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW has a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and donors, 1000 branches, and 800 college & university partners.