Danforth Girls Learn STEM Hands-On at Junior League STEM Expo

     Published on 4/27/16   Tagged under:    District News    Danforth Magnet School   

At the 4th annual Junior League STEM Expo, sixth grade girls at Danforth learned more about science, technology, engineering and math, taking part in hands-on activities designed to help increase their interest in the STEM fields.
“We’re trying to keep the girls in school and help them find their passion and stick with it,” Junior League STEM Expo Committee Chairperson Cheryl Saidel said. “We want to show them the community support behind them so they can see that they can pursue STEM careers and they can succeed!”
Visitors from Darco Manufacturing, Inc. spoke with girls about the technology they use in their manufacturing shop, Time Warner Cable staff walked the girls through making their own mini flashlights, CNY Central Meteorologist Molly Matott taught about weather, SUNY ESF students gave a lesson about windmills and a Southwest Airlines pilot explained aerodynamics.  
A highlight for the girls was a keynote address from Corcoran alumna and NASA Astronaut Dr. Jeanette Epps, who spoke about what she does at NASA, why it’s important and how the young girls can follow in her footsteps.
“To go to space, she had to go to college for like 12 years,” student Ni’Jada Lindo exclaimed. “She comes from Syracuse, and she went to Corcoran and then LeMoyne College. It was pretty cool to talk to her, because she’s a real astronaut. I could see myself being one, but I’m just not interested right now. It seems a little scary!”
Dr. Epps said her goal in speaking with the girls was to open their minds to the things they could achieve in the future.
“Girls, remember that you can do anything!” she reminded them.
Thank you to Dr. Epps, the Junior League of Syracuse and all of the community organizations who took the time to bring STEM to life for this group of young students!