What do Bluetooth, the discover of DNA, and radium have in common? They were all discovered by women scientists.
Students at Seabury Middle School this week were inundated with expert speakers and teachers this week. On the second Tuesday of October a special day is celebrated at Seabury with the goal of convincing young female students to consider careers is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). According to the American Association of University Women women still only make up 28% of the STEM workforce. It is believed that women are systematically steered out of those education education tracks.
Ada Lovelace Day has become a holiday to promote women in STEM. Ada has become a figurehead for this movement, because she bucked the gender stereotypes of her time and became a skilled mathematician and some consider her the first computer programmer. At Seabury we celebrate this holiday by inviting women professionals to take over the day and teacher us, do hands-on science with us, and give us advice. All gender students enjoy these experiences.
This year we were visited by Mandi Marquardt PT (personal trainer), Sonja Barteck (architect), Dr, Audrey Don (neuropsychologist), Dr. Jamie Brooks and her associates Brenda and Kayla from Brooks Dental Studio, Dr. Diane Bartels (pediatrician), and Ruth Maitlen (Gifted Ed. Specialist).
We learned to suture a wound, how to make a microscope, about how the brain learns, about optical illusions in architecture, all about Ada Lovelace and everything a physical trainer does to keep athletes at peak performance.