Skagit Women in STEM Posponed

Following guidance from Skagit County, the Skagit STEM Network has made the decision to cancel the Spotlight on Women in STEM event scheduled for March 26 at McIntyre Hall. We will reschedule for another time.

2020 Spotlight on Skagit Women in STEM set for March 26!

Don’t miss the 2020 Skagit Women in STEM set for 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at McIntyre Hall, Skagit Valley College. Last year, more than 400 area junior and high school students from all Skagit schools participated. Check out initial details here:

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Inspiring Spotlight on Skagit Women in STEM attracts 400 students

Take nearly 400 area junior and high school students from all Skagit schools. Mix in keynotes by Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Shirley Yap, Shell VP US West Coast. Add presentations by top industry leaders and terrific students. Spice it up with interactive displays by 17 businesses and organizations. And you’ll have a recipe for an incredibly successful Spotlight on Women in STEM.

 

"Our goal was to create an engaging experience, where students could explore the endless possibilities of STEM careers available to them and hear inspiring personal career stories " said Michelle Judson, executive director of the Skagit STEM Network, which sponsored the half-day program at McIntyre Hall at Skagit Valley College. "The day provided an opportunity to meet diverse STEM professionals, ask lots of questions, and have some fun. We wanted the students to dream big and the day was an incredible success!"

 

“Our goals was to create a tremendously inspiring experience where students could explore the endless possibilities of STEM opportunities and find their career passion,” said Michelle Judson, executive director of the Skagit STEM Network, which sponsored the half-day program at McIntyre Hall at Skagit Valley College. “We wanted the students to dream big! The day was an incredible success!”

 

Rep. DelBene kicked off the second annual event by sharing her journey in STEM fields. “As someone who made a career in STEM before coming to Congress, I know how important it is for young women to develop the skills to compete in a 21st century economy,” she said. “Understanding how things work will benefit you wherever you go,” she said. “I want to encourage you to pursue your passion.”

 

Shirley Yap during her keynote provided this advice to all of the women in the room: “It’s OK to have self-doubt sometimes. If you ever ask yourself, ‘Am I good enough?’ then you must ask yourself what needs to be true to be good enough. Answer that question and go after your dreams with passion and purpose. You are more than good enough!”

 

Following the keynotes, there were amazing presentations by Jill Boon, VP Human Resources and Recruiting, Mighty AI, and Jerome Holman, Technical Program Manager, Facebook Reality Labs. The program closed with inspiring remarks by students Alex Shepler, pursuing Computer Science Software Engineering and Business Administration Degrees, and Selome Zerai, Computer Science Major / Engineering Design, at WWU. After lunch Whitney Meissner, Superintendent of the La Conner School District, shared her love of math.

 

“It’s the beginning of a new era and together, we have a chance to change the world,” Holman said. “Go and achieve what is in your heart.”

 

The students also had a chance to participate in a Scavenger Hunt by talking with representatives from 17 businesses and organizations.

 

Thank you to our sponsors: Shell Puget Sound Refinery, Starbucks, Haggen Food & Pharmacy, Port of Skagit, and Sedron Technologies.

 

Thanks to the participating businesses and organizations who provided the phenomenal interactive tables during the scavenger hunt: Shell Puget Sound Refinery, The Bread Lab, Hexcel Corporation, Integra LTC Solutions, Skagit County Sheriff Office, Air Liquide, SAM Labs, Microsoft, PeaceHealth, Sedron Technologies, Western Washington University Engineering & Design, PACCAR, Mount Vernon Medical Crew, Gene Juarez and Coding Dojo.

 

Click here to read Skagit STEM Network puts on event for local girls in the Skagit Herald.

 

Lots of great NW Washington STEM news in our latest newsletters:

NW Washington STEM Fall 2020 News.pdf
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Spring 2020 Skagit STEM Newsletter.pdf
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Check out the the incredible 2019 impact of the Skagit STEM Network! 

2019 Skagit STEM Network Results.pdf
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Skagit STEM Network

Advisory Committee

Wayne Barrett

Superintendent Concrete School District

 

Phil Brockman

Superintendent, Sedro-Woolley School District

 

Larry Francois

Superintendent, NWESD189

 

Darren Greeno

Dean of Workforce, Skagit Valley College

 

Julia Johnson

Mayor, Sedro Woolley

 

John Sternlicht

CEO, EDASC

 

Skagit School District Partners

Anacortes

Burlington-Edison

Concrete

Conway

La Conner

Mount Vernon

Sedro-Woolley 

Contact Us:

Shaun Doffing

Program Manager 

Skagit STEM Network

sdoffing@swsd101.org

(360) 941-6929 

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene kicked off the second annual Spotlight on Women in STEM that attracted nearly 400 area junior and high school students from all Skagit schools. She shared her journey in STEM fields. “As someone who made a career in STEM before coming to Congress, I know how important it is for young women to develop the skills to compete in a 21st century economy,” she said. “Understanding how things work will benefit you wherever you go! I want to encourage you to pursue your passion.”

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