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Tech Academy brings 36 8th-grade
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Thirty-six 8th-grade female students from schools in Mercer County, W.Va., will visit Marshall University’s Huntington campus on Saturday, March 1 to take part in an activity affiliated with a program called Women Tech Academy.
Women Tech Academy was developed by Mercer County Schools, in a partnership with Bluefield State College, to encourage female students to consider technical careers, particularly engineering. The program has been in existence for four years.
The students’ visit to Marshall is one of four quarterly activities planned throughout the school year as part of the academy. The students also attend a week-long academy each summer, focusing on different fields of engineering and taking a field trip to see science and engineering in action.
“They contacted Marshall expressing an interest in seeing our Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center and some presentations,” Beth Wolfe, coordinator of STEM Outreach at Marshall, said of Mercer County Schools. “Carol McClaugherty, their director, said the response from their students was absolutely overwhelming. They are very interested, very excited about coming to Marshall.”
Here is the agenda for Saturday’s visit to Marshall:
In addition to encouraging the students to consider a technical career and to take higher-level math and science classes to prepare for college, the Women Tech Academy gives them the support and resources they need throughout their high school years.
“When they come to Marshall they will hopefully learn some things, get to see the campus, have some fun and be inspired,” Wolfe said.
According to Wolfe, a team of girls from Women Tech Academy won the state competition for the West Point Bridge Design contest last year, and they will attempt to qualify for the state contest again this year.
For more information on Saturday’s event, call Wolfe at (304) 696-6007 or e-mail her at Beth.firstname.lastname@example.org.