March 10, 2018 06:38 PM
Dozens of girls were given a hands-on opportunity to learn about a variety of careers on Saturday.
The Visitation School in Mendota Heights hosted the 10th annual STEAM Day, where middle school students engaged in workshops of their choice involving science, technology, engineering, art, or math.
Many of the girls in attendance realize they are the future, and they're excited about the possibilities.
"It's a lot of fun," seventh grader Lydia Roseth said.
Others expressed the relaxed environment.
"You can have fun maybe not with all the pressure of getting a good grade," sevent grader Tess Cavanaugh said.
Many refer to this as STEM Day, but organizers in Mendota Heights say they added the A because the arts play such a vital role in so many careers.
"A few years ago, we added the art because so much of engineering and so much of science is about creative problem solving and that's what artists do, they creatively problem solve," STEAM Day coordinator Zindy Mooney said.
Mooney says they welcomed girls from 22 schools across the state to Saturday's event.
"Studies tell us this is where we lose girls in science, technology, and engineering is in middle school," she said.
Mooney also expresses how important it is to show them the types of careers that are out there at an early age.
"I love when they get to that first session and are like this is chemistry," Mooney said.
Roseth isn't quite sure what she wants to be when she grows up. But she says that's okay, because she loves trying out new things and says it's fun to see women come back to share their stories of STEAM day.
"It's really inspiring to see new people coming back 10-15 years later and doing something for a job that they did here," Roseth said.
These girls could be future doctors, filmmakers, veterinarians and more. But whatever path they choose, this event is helping them maximize their potential.
"Use your strength and your passion and find those tools to make those two come together and that's what today is all about," Mooney said.
Updated: March 10, 2018 06:38 PM
Created: March 10, 2018 12:20 PM
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