Our 2018 Girls STEM Leadership Conferences sought to improve awareness of education and career opportunities and services to Arkansas female students in grades 7-8 in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, by increasing the participation, retention and advancement of girls and women in STEM. Our conferences provided hands-on workshops, tours of STEM facilities and programs offered at UALR, a panel discussion, and the potential to build mentoring relationships with STEM professionals. In addition, the program inspired females in these age ranges to consider STEM as a career and higher education option. Lastly, the conference workshops sessions promoted interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and strive to reduce the stereotype that these fields are mainly for males.
Spring 2018 Girls STEM Leadership Conference Dates
March 27, 2018 – North Little Rock School District
Focus: 80 girls from North Little Rock Middle School (7th & 8th Grade)
April 13, 2018 – Multiple School Districts
Focus: 90 girls from Mabelvale Middle School (LRSD), Pulaski Academy, Quest Academy, eStem Junior High, and Episcopal Collegiate (7th & 8th Grade)
For more information about next year’s Girls STEM Leadership conferences, contact Kent Layton, Interim Director, UA Little Rock STEM Education Center.