Long Island students K-12, along with leaders of industry, higher education, public school districts, government and non-profits, will assemble at Farmingdale State College Friday, April 1, for the 6th Annual STEM Diversity Summit.
STEM is a program that encourages students to pursue studies and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The event will be held from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in three campus buildings: Nold Hall, Lupton Hall, and Roosevelt Hall. More than 1,100 attendees have registered for the event.
The Summit kicks off in Nold Hall, with a keynote address by Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson, program manager for Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Research at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Dr. Ericsson is the first African-American female to receive a PhD in Engineering at NASA GSFC.
Later in the morning, Long Island’s finalists in the national Intel Science Talent Search will participate in a panel discussion. They are Jessica Li Huang, Jericho Senior H.S.; Rachel Mashal, John F. Kennedy H.S.-Bellmore; and Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, Elmont Memorial H.S.
Among the sessions scheduled are:
- Robotic Hands and 3D Printing Technology (Lupton Hall)
- Health Careers Panel Discussion (Roosevelt Hall)
- Real Talk about Space Travel (Roosevelt Hall)
- Liquid Nitrogen Fun (Lupton Hall)
- Harnessing Light on the Nanoscale (Lupton Hall)
- Show Me the Money (Roosevelt Hall)
It’s particularly appropriate that the STEM Diversity Summit is held on the Farmingdale State campus since the application of STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) is infused into Farmingdale’s four –year and two-year degrees. It’s been that way for over a hundred years, when the College was founded to educate a workforce needed for a largely agrarian economy.
The STEM Diversity Summit is coordinated by Dr. Veronica Henry, Chief Diversity Officer, who can be reached at 934-420-2622.