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.
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Sedro-Woolley School District
City of Sedro-Woolley
Port of Skagit
PeaceHealth/United General Hospital
Skagit Valley College
Boy Scouts of America, Mount Baker Council
Children's Museum of Skagit County
Community Action of Skagit County
Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Northwest Innovation Resource Center
Northwest WorkForce Council
Skagit Community Foundation
Skagit County Child and Family Consortium
Skagit School District Partners
Other Skagit School Partners
Immaculate Conception Regional School
Rep. Rick Larsen
Career Connected Learning Coordinator
Skagit STEM Network
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.”