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Gathering STEAM: Mayor, BOE President Team Up to Empower Female Students

The Alternative Press Staff

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 • 1:12am

SUMMIT, NJ - Gloria M. Ron-Fornes, Summit Board of Education President, and Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson are inviting Summit Middle School and High School female students and their mothers, or significant women in their lives, to attend a day dedicated to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), March 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The event will feature role models, within the areas of STEAM, who will be present to discuss career opportunities for women.  In addition, there will be interactive activities, speakers, discussion, and networking opportunities.

"I believe that there are missed opportunities for girls and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.  As a Math and Computer Science major, I realize the value that the discipline has afforded me in my career, and the doors it has opened while still allowing me to enjoy other more "traditional" female roles," said Ron-Fornes.
 
She added, "I believe girls (and boys, too) need to see beyond their immediate circumstances and ideas of the world.  I shared my thoughts with Mayor Dickson early into my tenure as President of the BOE, and she also felt the need to open up the possibilities for girls.  So this event was born out of the desire to show our female students the 'art of the possible', to share our stories with them and to engage them in dialogue about their future in STEAM."
 
Dickson encouraged students to take advantage of the opportunity.  "The STEAM framework is hands-on and reality-based with many extensions that draw education, industry, government and the community together," explained Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson. "The program we are implementing Summit is an exciting opportunity for female students and the significant women in their lives to learn other innovative, successful women.  I am thrilled to be involved."
 
Breakfast and a networking lunch will be provided as part of the program.  Full STEAM Ahead will be held in the concourse at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School.
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