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‘STEM Into Knowledge for Girls’ offered

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Last year's participants in "STEM Into Knowledge" gather after the class. This year's event is March 4.

The third annual half-day "STEM Into Knowledge" event for fifth through eighth grade girls will be held 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 4 at Nevada Union High School Cafeteria, 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet women with careers in science, technology, math and engineering fields and the chance to explore those fields through hands-on workshops.

"STEM Into Knowledge" is sponsored by Nevada Union's We=mc2 club (Women Exploring Math-based Career Choices) with the support of the Association of University Women, Nevada County Branch.

Created in 2015 as a senior project, "STEM Into Knowledge" has continued because of its popularity and success in inspiring middle-school girls to pursue their interests in those fields.

Opportunities to meet women with careers in science, technology, math and engineering fields and the chance to explore those fields through hands-on workshops are on the agenda.

"Looking back on my experiences in middle school, I see now that so much of the confidence I gained over the years has come from my experiences doing hands on STEM projects," said Carolyn Schwendeman, NU senior and We= mc2 co-president. "Seeing the girls reactions to the camp last year reinforced how important it is to provide these opportunities to girls at this age."

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Schwendeman said "STEM Into Knowledge" is "a way for any girl to explore the STEM fields in a supportive environment," she said. "Additionally, it has become a way for the high school girls in We=mc2 to connect with the younger girls and realize how important it is to support one another in these fields."

Rose McGill, NU senior and We=mc2 co-president, said she and the other organizers hope this will encourage them to challenge themselves and consider pursuing academics and careers in the STEM fields.

"The need for women in those fields has been shown in study after study," she added.

The event is open to all fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls. Cost for the event, which includes a "STEM Into Knowledge" T-shirt, is $10. Scholarships are available, and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Registration is on a first come-first basis, and space is limited. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/stemintoknowledge or email wemc2.nu@gmail.com.

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