Berks conference strives to attract local 11th graders to STEM fields

Penn State Berks will host its annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Conference on Wednesday, March 8. Approximately 125, 11th-grade students are expected to attend the conference, which will feature instructors and students from Penn State Berks and the local community who will provide workshops with the goal of encouraging the high school students to continue their studies in science, math, engineering, and technology.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Bob Forrey, distinguished professor of physics at Penn State Berks. The conference will include interactive workshops that will enlighten students on the possibilities for future studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. One of Penn State Berks’ strategic initiatives is to offer youth programming that encourages and prepares students for science and technology degrees and to expand efforts to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the community. Collaboration with area school districts to improve science education is one way in which Penn State Berks hopes to advance this initiative.

Schools that are interested in participating or want more information about the STEM Conference should contact Elizabeth Wiggins, lecturer in engineering, via email at [email protected] or Tricia Clark, instructor, Information Sciences and Technology, via email at [email protected].