GIRLS IN STEM: Construction Careers Academy
SAN ANTONIO – February 11 marks International Day of Women and Girls in Science. It’s a day to celebrate women involved in STEM, and a day to encourage girls to think science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. One area where women are underrepresented is the construction sciences. But at Construction Careers Academy, educators like Krista Ackles are passionate about teaching female students like Edith Estrada-Contreras about construction.
GIRLS IN STEM: John Jay Science and Engineering Academy
SAN ANTONIO – February 11 marks International Day of Women and Girls in Science. It’s a day to celebrate women involved in STEM, and a day to encourage girls to think science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Although great strides have been made to include women in STEM related fields over the past few decades, inequality is still an issue. According to UNESCO, only 30% of all female students pursue a stem-related career. But here in San Antonio, we’re setting our girls up for success through specialized programs like the one at John Jay Science and Engineering Academy.
Witte Museum unveils first traveling exhibit of 2021 ‘The Machine Inside: Biomechanics’
The Witte Museum is celebrating its first traveling exhibit of the new year and it takes a closer look at the nuts and bolts of the natural world. It’s called “The Machine Inside: Biomechanics” and it traveled from Chicago’s Field Museum. Pumps, motors, thick jaws and much more allow visitors to learn about how every machine in human bodies, plants and even animals have a function. All the information presented in The Machine Inside: Biomechanics is presented in both English and Spanish, allowing for more visitors to learn about science. AdStaff will help enforce the use of facial masks and social distancing throughout the exhibit and museum.
San Antonio teen wins national honors while trying to prove mom wrong
Sohn had some doubts, which sparked the idea of a science project to hopefully prove mom wrong. “I wanted to investigate the effects of probiotics, metformin on ischemia, reperfusion injuries on roundworms,” Sohn said. “I treated the roundworms in three different timeframes: five days before hypoxia, two days before hypoxia and one day after hypoxia,” Sohn said. So I used nitrogen through a chamber.”Joanna Sohn, a 13-year old STEM student from San Antonio has been named one of the most promising middle school STEM students in the country. (KSAT)Her science project is also testament to the young student’s resiliency and creativity.
San Antonio 13-year-old named one of nation’s top STEM students
SAN ANTONIO – An eighth-grader at a San Antonio middle school has been named a Top 30 finalist in a premier national STEM competition. Joanna Sohn, a student at Keystone School, was named a finalist for Broadcom MASTERS, a program that encourages middle school students to translate their interests into a passion for STEM, according to a press release. “This year’s 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists represent young scientists and engineers from every region of the US. Along with thousands of students who competed in the 2020 Broadcom MASTERS, they persevered in the face of many complex challenges brought on by the worldwide pandemic," Paula Golden, President of Broadcom Foundation said. “These 30 finalists are scientific and engineering trailblazers.
Pilot participating in flyover celebrating 19th Amendment shares experience
SAN ANTONIO – A female pilot participating in the flyover celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19 Amendment Friday is hoping the event encourages women from all backgrounds to keep reaching for the stars. I watched ‘Top Gun’ and was like, ‘Man that was really cool!’ But the spark really happened around junior year of high school. I really started looking into the aviation job market. Here is somebody that is like me that is doing it.’”Law said the flyover is a physical manifestation to her. “It is a picture of where we are as women,” Law said.
Federal bill to help veterans land STEM jobs in civilian sector
Many military members transitioning into the civilian workforce can find it difficult to land jobs in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. A federal bill aiming to help veterans just passed the House and Senate. However, going through programs such as the STEM program or other programs the military had to offer, it helped me. “Our military vets and active-duty members have so much talent, so much knowledge that they can give to the civilian sector. The top slots are saved for active-duty members who will end their military service within six months, but all active-duty members and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Blake’s Brainiacs- Young Women’s Leadership Academy
Last fall, Ignacia Kilgore’s students entered the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest with an invention aimed at stopping the widespread use of petroleum-based plastics. They’re now aiming to win the grand prize! Just by getting to this point, the girls were awarded $15,000 worth of technology for their school. Ignacia told KSAT that this money is so appreciated, since the school doesn’t have the latest technology and equipment for the students to use. If they win the grand prize, the school will receive $100,000 worth of technology and classroom supplies, as well as a trip to Washington D.C. for Ms. Kilgore’s class.
Local students celebrate STEM by turning Legoland into their classroom
But some school districts are now emphasizing STEAM, it's the same as STEM, but it also encourages art. Friday is National STEAM or STEM day, an opportunity to emphasize the fields of learning and set up students for their futures. And like those STEM skills and stuff without necessarily knowing that they're learning, or having the pressure of learning and being in a fun environment." “It’s not in your typical school environment, where it’s in a fun setting and they can have fun learning and it’s not a worksheet. The idea is to teach STEM or STEAM with hands-on activities and workshops and these subjects aren't going away anytime soon.
TWIST stEMPOWERs local elementary students
Senior neuroscience major Abby DeNike first thought about implementing a STEM education program for local students during her sophomore year. According to DeNike, San Antonios public elementary schools generally lack a strong science education program. I have a lot of experience as a kid doing hands-on science experiments, and I really think thats what influenced me to be a science major, DeNike said. The sessions take place after the regular school day at Lamar, and 15-20 fourth and fifth grade students attend each week. This semester, stEMPOWER started collaborating with other clubs and groups, such as Johnsons research lab, which studies lizard behavior.trinitonian.com
Texas State University receives $2.5 million grant to advance research in STEM
SAN ANTONIO - A project at Texas State University hopes to advance education research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM. STEM is growing at Texas State University. A $2.5 million grant aims to advance STEM education research at Texas State University. The focus of the grant is on creating faculty-student communities at Texas State, Flores said. Texas State has seen the number of science and engineering students double over the last decade.
New school year brings new focus on STEM at Northside ISD elementary school
SAN ANTONIO - More and more local school districts are emphasizing STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math. "Gone are the days where students are expected to sit in one desk," Hoffman Elementary Principal, Carrie Squyres said. At Hoffman Elementary School, students are no longer sticking to the typical script. "I'll be doing a lot of technology and engineering that applies the science and the math concepts," new STEM lab teacher, Amanda Quick said. "The leaders in Northside recognized that there were pockets of innovation happening, and they wanted to come up with something that was going to help all students have access to stem," Quick said.