Keiser University's Flagship West Palm Beach campus was abuzz Saturday afternoon when the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County hosted a science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, program event to allow young girls to get hands on experience in the field.
Judith Selzer, president of the Women’s Foundation in Palm Beach County, said the STEM program is aimed at empowering girls to be leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in addition to hands on workshops exploring DNA, building computer apps and harnessing the power of water. The 150 girls attending the event on Saturday developed marketing plans and videos to share their STEM group projects with the community and fellow peers.
The event opened doors for young girls, who often find themselves lacking peer guidance in fields of technology as they advance in school. One participant said attending STEM events allows younger girls to find like-minded friends they cannot find within their communities.
“At school they are not so open to speak to you,” said 16-year-old Danesha Bivins of William T. Dwyer High School. “When you come to a [STEM] program they are so open to learning all these different things.”
Local companies, such as Florida Crystal, also participated by setting up booths about their companies.
Selzer also thanked Keiser saying the university “has just been so generous in opening up” the campus to host the free program.
Angel Green is a student at Lynn University.