MMC Event Encourages Young Women In Science

September 25, 2018

Reilly Biel - Yankton P&D

As an educational institution, Mount Marty College (MMC) is willing to extend its resources to those that are just a few years shy of graduating high school.

One such outreach is through the Women in Science Day, hosted by the college Tuesday. For part of the day, eighth grade-girls from around the region came to the campus and took part in STEM-related activity sessions.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Pam Rowland, whose presentation centered on cyber security.

Tuesday marked the ninth year the college has hosted this conference, with 14 schools and 275 students in attendance.

All of the sessions took place in the Avera Science and Nursing Center, including exhibits in the college’s Welcome Center that showcased various aspects of work environments such as hospitals and state parks where a person interested in a science-related career could find employment.

South Dakota State University was also present with its aviation simulation trailer.

"We want to make these girls aware of the kind of jobs available in the STEM field," MMC Director of Institutional Effectiveness Kristen Welker said.

MMC’s nursing, math and science faculty members volunteered their time to put on the various sessions the students chose to take part in. Options included dissecting a fish, using a microscope to examine plants and learning how X-rays are used.

Read the rest of this article in the Yankton Press and Dakotan.