Nearly 300 Eighth-grade Girls Attended STEM Conference at MSJC

January 12, 2017

The 17th annual American Association of University Women’s STEM Conference was held at the Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto Campus on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Nearly 300 eighth-grade girls from Banning and Beaumont attended the conference to learn about careers in the STEM fields, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Rebecca Teague, ​​MSJC’s dean of Planning/Institutional Effectiveness/Grants, welcomed the group.

“There are going to be obstacles in your path. I want you to jump over those. Don’t be afraid,” said Teague.

The event, organized by the AAUW’s San Gorgonio Pass Group of the Redlands Branch and hosted by MSJC at its San Jacinto Campus, is designed for eighth graders from middle schools in Banning and Beaumont. Leaders from the private and public sectors provided hands-on workshops that helped the teens explore careers in STEM fields.

Keynote speaker Amber Price, a documentary filmmaker and motivational speaker, gave a heart-thumping, life-changing speech. Price told the girls that there are two important moments in their lives, the moment they were born and the moment they realize what they were born for. She encouraged them to take this event as an opportunity to explore the “what for.”

After the keynote presentation, the students headed out to the workshops on campus. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, University of California, Riverside, city of Riverside, Sorenson Engineering and the California Department of Justice were among the workshop presenters.

Gracelynn Moua and Taylor Sidney, Beaumont residents and eighth-grade students at Mountain View Middle school, enjoyed learning and giving a demonstration of CPR during the nursing workshop.

“Overall, I found all the classes and lessons very fun and educational,” Moau said.

Her friend Sidney said she enjoyed the nursing workshop of all. 

Financial support was provided by organizations including Sun Lakes Country Club Charitable Trust Board, California Retired Teachers Association, Sun Lakes Realty, Sheron Bealer, Marilyn Shankar, Susan Bentley plus other individuals from the Pass Area and AAUW Redlands members.

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Rebecca Teague, dean of Planning/Institutional Effectiveness/Grants at Mt. San Jacinto College, welcomes the eighth-grade girls who attended the annual STEM Conference at MSJC.

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Amber Price, keynote speaker, documentary filmmaker and motivational speaker encourages the girls to explore opportunities for future careers in the STEM fields.

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Taylor Sidney (left) and Gracelynn Moua (right) Beaumont residents and eighth-grade students at Mountain View Middle school, learn about CPR during the Jan. 12 STEM Conference at Mt. San Jacinto College.