W.I.S.E. focuses on importance of females in STEM careers

W.I.S.E. focuses on importance of females in STEM careers

LUBBOCK, Texas -

105 middle school girls attend the Science Spectrum for the W.I.S.E. event.

W.I.S.E. stands for women in science and engineering with the program presented by professional and college female mentors in a science or technology based field.

They learn the importance of females pursuing careers not traditionally pursued by women like science and engineering.

Jocelyn Wilcox, Alpha Omega Epsilon member, said the event gets girls excited about the STEM field.

"There's not a lot of women in engineering and STEM fields currently, so we want to let these girls know that they can do it and we want to get them motivated so that if they want to go into this field, they are more than welcome to. We should encourage it," Wilcox said.

W.I.S.E. is a partnership with Xcel energy Alpha Omega Epsilon sorority, the National Weather Service, the Science Spectrum and Texas Tech University's College of Engineering.

(Press Release)

This event will bring in over 100 rural middle school girls to 
participate in a day-long event with female professionals and college 
students in a science, technology or engineering based field.

W.I.S.E. (Women In Science & Engineering) is an exciting hands-on science and mentoring program that is available to area rural middle school girls. Girls in grades 6 to 8 who attend the Science Spectrum, Saturday, April 14th from 8:45am to 4:00pm, will participate in exciting hands-on sessions presented by professional female and college student mentors in a science or technology based field.

Mentors will have the girls doing hands-on science activities, not sitting in boring lectures, that are designed to bring awareness and interest to new educational and career opportunities not traditionally pursued by females that come from rural backgrounds. These mentors will come from a variety of fields such as Engineering, Meteorology, and Museum Education as well as other science and technology based fields. Special topics and hands-on sessions slated for this upcoming W.I.S.E. event will include Human Physiology, Seismic Engineering, Rocketry, and Weather Satellite technology.

Girls attending will also get to tour the Science Spectrum Museum, view Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a MacGillivary Freeman film, in the OMNI Theater and see the all new traveling exhibition, Grossology. Breakfast, lunch, popcorn and drinks for the movie, a T-shirt, and other cool free give-aways will all be included. Girls must attend in groups from their schools along with adult school chaperones. Parents are welcome to attend as well.

Special Guest for this year's event will be Dr. Michelle Pantoya. Dr. Pantoya currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at

Texas Tech University. Dr. Pantoya will be speaking to the girls about the opportunities and importance of more females pursuing careers in Engineering.

W.I.S.E. is a partnership with Xcel Energy, Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority, the National Weather Service, the Science Spectrum, Texas Tech University's College of Engineering, as well as many other corporate sponsors to bring middle school girls a wonderful opportunity to spend a fun-filled, educational day at the Science Spectrum learning about science careers. Women In Science & Engineering is a program that has enjoyed overwhelming success in other communities, and is now in its 10th year in the Lubbock area. It is the goal of W.I.S.E. to get middle school girls to start seeing science careers and higher education as something desirable and attainable!

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