STEM ExpoStudents who will be taking Dr. Sharon Brusic’s STEM Practicum course this summer will help design and deliver their STEM experience at the STEM Expo at the Hershey Lodge on May 20 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA will be sponsoring the event and more than 1,000 people are expected to attend.

Brusic, professor and coordinator for Technology & Engineering Education in the Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology Department became involved because it is her goal to prepare the next generation of PK-12 STEM teachers.

“I like the idea of our teaching candidates having this opportunity to collaborate on an important STEM initiative with a great organization – the Girl Scouts,” says Brusic.

The purpose of the STEM Expo is to bring together various businesses, organizations and educational institutions to engage girls of all ages in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences that will spark their curiosity and inspire them in these fields of study. Research shows that many girls lose interest in math and science at an early age and there is a significant underrepresentation of women in many STEM fields. Millersville University (MU) is involved because it is a key provider of STEM educational opportunities in the region and this outreach effort is just one of many attempts to help connect with community members and invite them to recognize the importance and excitement of STEM education.

“I see the STEM Expo as a way to get my students connected with families in the area and to help advance this mission of reaching out to community members and making them aware of what we have to offer at MU,” says Brusic.

Dr. Richard Clark who is the department chair and a professor of meteorology at MU will also take part in the expo.

“We have four students from the meteorology program who will be conducting demonstrations, sharing their own experiences about how they got interested in pursuing an education and career in science and to discuss opportunities at Millersville,” adds Clark.

For more information on the STEM Expo, visit http://www.gshpa.org/en/events-repository/2017/gold_award_expo.html.

For more information on the Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology programs, visit http://www.millersville.edu/aest/index.php.

 

 

 

 

 

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