Research Triangle Foundation’s STEM outreach organization to host local students and organizations
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—October 29, 2019—STEM RTP, the STEM education initiative of Research Triangle Foundation, is hosting its fourth STEM Fest: Tech and Engineering Fest.
Introduced in 2018, STEM Fests are an immersive day of STEM experiences designed to expose students who are historically underrepresented in science fields, including those from low-income backgrounds, girls and ethnic minorities, to STEM careers. Students are given the opportunity to meet with employees from the Triangle’s world-class STEM organizations and work with them through activities that encourage students to picture themselves in a STEM career. Activities include speed mentoring with STEM professionals, design thinking challenges, a hands-on activity led by a youth-serving nonprofit, and career exploration.
The theme of the November 8 event is technology and engineering, and includes a session led by Triangle-based companies Code the Dream, Army Research Office, Credit Suisse, Duke Energy, EPA, NetApp, RedHat and Skanska. These companies are taking advantage of STEM RTP’s partnership opportunities to provide their employees with an experience that directly impacts North Carolina students.
Six schools from Wake, Durham and surrounding counties will attend Tech & Engineering Fest, withstudents ranging from 7th to 12th grade. All schools selected for the Fest embody STEM RTP’S mission to bring STEM to racial and ethnic minorities, girls and low-income youth.
“STEM Fests embody what STEM RTP is all about,” says Dr. Sarah Windsor, director of STEM RTP. “This is a day for STEM organizations, teachers and students to meet, explore and create experiences. We hope to encourage our student community to explore how relevant STEM is, tackle STEM challenges and learn what’s needed to become a STEM professional. It opens the doors to STEM and Research Triangle Park!”
About STEM RTP
STEM RTP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that aims to open the world of STEM to local students and educators. Launched in 2014, STEM RTP has impacted over 10,500 students and engaged over 400 partners and 2,630 volunteers for a total of 15,898 hours of service. Through their model of uniting schools, higher education institutions and corporations, they aim to create a community where every child has the chance to explore a career in STEM.
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