I am very grateful to be in a position to be the deliverer of information to young people. As Outreach Coordinator for the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction it warms my heart to be able to share information to young people so that they can see opportunities that can make a difference in their quality of life. I am also grateful to be partnered with such amazing professional women in the STEM industry who make a difference by showing up and participating in STEM workshops and being mentors to young women. This Girls in IT workshop at Andrew Jackson High School is a great opportunity for young women to see that they can make a difference in the world through technology. Thanks to my colleagues, students, and industry partners who participated in the amazing workshop.
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Florida Engineering Society (FES)
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This was the first time our college has been involved with the medical component of STEM, but it was very interesting. I loved being able to see all of the professional women come out and support this event and I most importantly loved the mentoring component of this event. Seeing the young ladies work in each of the workshops on career opportunities that they may never have thought about entering was very rewarding. I hope that the workshops made an impact on them.
We had a great time with the students at Kernan Trail Elementary School. We brought a fun math activity for them at their Science Night and they really enjoyed it. This was our first time doing an activity at Kernan and hope to return next year. Great school, teachers and staff.
Myself and a construction management student participated in Science Night at Lake Lucina Elementary Schoo. We created a fun math activity and game challenge for the students and it was so much fun that the parents participated as well. I really enjoyed watching the students compete in the math game with each other. I look forward to participating in their Science Night next year.
The School of Engineering hosted students from the Allen D. Nease High School Engineering Academy. Approximately 15 students and their chaperones participated in a Engineering Presentation and tour of labs and had opportunities to speak with faculty and students on ongoing research projects. The students learned about the research in MSERF Lab, Geotech Lab, Biomed Lab and Nanomaterials Lab. All these research labs were unbeknownst to the students, so hopefully we will see some of these students in our labs to do research in the near future. The students were escorted by our Student Ambassadors who represented our student clubs: American Society of Civil Engineers, Florida Engineering Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
I was invited by the Principal, Dr. Clinch at Andrew Jackson High School to attend a Robotics Interest Meeting for students and I was blown away by the number of students who attended the meeting and wanted to be a part of the Robotics movement at AJHS. I'm excited about the STEM labs they have created there and the interest that the students have in it. I was also able to share with them the cool programs that UNF has to offer them and to help prepare and shape them so they are STEM Ready.
The College of Computing, Engineering and Constructed hosted the Renaissance Jax Robotics Coaches and Team Workshops at their new engineering building to a group of about 20 coaches and teachers who will be leading FIRST Tech Challenge teams in the upcoming robotics season. There were also approximately 49 middle and high school students who participated in the team workshops. The students, teachers, coaches and parents were also given a engineering presentation by the new Director for the School of Engineering and also received a career briefing from our Director, Career Services.
The CCEC School of Engineering students gave a tour of the new engineering and construction management (Skinner Jones Hall) building and Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Lab to 108 students ranging from 6th - 12th grade who attended the Mentoring Families and Kids (MFK) 2018 National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) STEM Conference which was held at the University of North Florida Adam W. Herbert University Center. The students were able to talk with engineering faculty members and students about ongoing research projects, visit engineering labs, as well as, learn about engineering programs and talk with students about their experiences here at UNF.
The staff of CCEC participated in a Career Services Session with 15 students who participated in the UNF QUEST Program. The QUEST Program is organized by the Department of Diversity Initiatives. The students who participated ranged from business majors to Nursing/PreMed. The students were able to receive a career briefing from the CCEC Construction Management department advisor and the Career Services department about real-word demand for STEM majors, by employers not just locally, but across the country.
The Outreach Department gave a tour to approximately eight young women assigned to the PACE Center for Girls. The young women were being mentored by employees from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care in their mentoring program. The young women were given a presentation given by the UNF Johnson & Johnson 3D Printing Development Lab on additive manufacturing. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with the young ladies about their future plans for college and their career goals.