On October 17 more than 100 fifth-grade girls spent their day at “Girls Only” event which aimed to help young female students explore career paths in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields (STEM). Students from the district’s Discovery, Endeavor, and Explorer elementary schools attended four breakout sessions featuring women in STEM careers and participated in hands-on activities that helped showcase their work.

The event was held at Discovery Elementary School. IT professor of Davenport University, Vanessa Munn was one  of the many women speakers from area businesses, organizations, and colleges and universities to present. The event featured hands-on activities with the students, including extracting DNA from fruit, making chocolate “asphalt,” computer program coding, and creating their own app. Overall the fifth-grade girls enjoyed their time at the ‘Girls Only’ event and the the district hopes to put on more activities in the future that encourage STEM careers for women.

Thank you Vanessa Munn for not only being a positive example to IT students at DU, but also a positive role model to young woman seeking STEM careers!