WizGirls Conference focuses on STEM Learning

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If you can’t work on the New NY Bridge project, then build one of your own.

That’s what a group of 6th- and 7th-graders did Saturday morning after NNYB Project Director Jamey Barbas described different bridge structures like suspension and tension bridges, and projects she’s worked on during her 34 years as an engineer.

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Barbas’ presentation was part of a WizGirls conference hosted by AAUW Westchester to encourage girls in grades 4 to 7 to explore engineering and computer science.

“WizGirls  aims to encourage girls to explore STEM because they tend not to enter those fields,” Branch Co-President Diona Koerner explained. “It’s an offshoot of AAUW Westchester’s Explore Your Opportunities conference at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale for 7th-graders that focuses on all the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields.”

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Building a LEGO® bridge is a lot more difficult than it looks even with step-by-step directions. Thank you to Rich, the LEGO® expert, who guided me from fumbling with the pieces to a complete bridge.

Photos courtesy New York State Thruway Authority.

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Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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