BGSU hosts 33rd annual Women in STEM program

Nearly 400 young women from northwest Ohio middle schools learned about careers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields at the 33rd annual Women in STEM program Oct. 21 at Bowling Green State University.

Students spent the day exploring and performing experiments in physics and astronomy, chemistry, biology, engineering, mathematics and technology as they learned about the STEM fields and what STEM has to offer in high school and beyond. Presenters from a wide range of STEM professions offered breakout sessions and hands-on workshops throughout the day.

This year’s keynote presentation was by Abby Knowles, the executive director responsible for Verizon Wireless Network operations in the Great Lakes states region of the United States. She has 20 years of experience in the network communications industry working for Verizon in various roles as an engineer and leader, including program management, operations and business analysis

The Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education (NWO) at BGSU organized the event. NWO is a partnership with a number of area universities, K-12 schools, and community organizations that have a mission to advance STEM education for people of all ages.

Sponsors for the 33rd annual Women in STEM program were BGSU, BP and NWO.