Event at KU invites girls and their mothers to dive into STEM

photo by: Elvyn Jones

In this file photo from Feb. 17, 2018, middle school girls get a photo during a visit to the University of Kansas biomechanics lab as part of the Make It Happen conference, which allowed the girls and their mothers a chance to take part in activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

A free upcoming event is geared toward middle school-age girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

Make It Happen KU is a half-day conference for girls in fifth through eighth grades and their mothers or parental figures. It’s scheduled for 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at the University of Kansas School of Engineering, and it will offer three breakout sessions with STEM-focused projects and activities.

KU seniors Bonnie Reinsch and Anna Fritz, both studying chemical engineering, are hosting this year’s conference as their capstone project.

“The goal of this conference is to inspire students to incorporate STEM into their lives through interdisciplinary activities, guest speakers, and more,” Fritz said in an email. “Additionally, this conference will focus on educating parents about how they can support their daughter’s passions.”

Last year’s event, the first of its kind, brought about 70 participants from the Lawrence area, according to the event’s website.

The event is free, but space is limited. Those interested should register to participate by Sunday, Jan. 20. Visit makeithappenku.com for more information or to sign up.


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