Middle School Students Contemplate the Future at Women in STEM Day

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Mentor Karen Dorsey speaks with some students during lunch break.




On Wednesday, January 24, eighty 8th grade female students participated in the 2018 Women in STEM Day event sponsored by the M.O.D.E.L Mentoring Program (Mentors Opening Doors, Enriching Lives).  MODEL participants from Blendon and Heritage Middle Schools got the opportunity to visit Westerville North High School to watch Hidden Figures, a movie that highlights the contributions of female African American mathematicians who served a vital role in the space launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.  Students, along with their adult female mentors, discussed the film and listened to a panel of women who are involved in the STEM field.  Panelists included Bronte Johnson, the 2017 Microsoft Teen Council Representative (a junior attending Gahanna Lincoln High School), Ashlee Black, Project Engineer with Corna Kokosing; and Anne Baldwin, Career Tech and College Readiness Coordinator for Westerville City Schools.  The event introduced middle school girls to the world of STEM opportunities and courses available to them next year in high school. 

For more information on the MODEL mentoring program, please contact Tami Santa at Santat@wcsoh.org or Cynthia DeVese at Devesec@wcsoh.org