ASU hosts virtual STEM conference for thousands of students

ASU hosts virtual STEM conference for thousands of students

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Thousands of students from across the state learned about the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field in a virtual conference.

Albany State University hosted and Lee County Middle School changed some students’ schedules so they could attend.

Lee County students participated in an ASU hosted STEM conference.
Lee County students participated in an ASU hosted STEM conference. (Source: WALB)

Dana Gilbert won a STEM video competition for the conference. She and her classmates also completed in-class STEM-related projects to round out their experience.

“Right now, we’re doing the zip line,” she said. “So it’s problem-solving activities that have to do with science and physics, and stuff like that.”

She also enjoyed the conference speakers.

“For the conference, we had a bunch of speakers and we had a “Women in STEM,” which was really inspiring because it shows that women can do anything that men can do and sometimes do it better,” Gilbert said.

Gabriella Vanderwalt wants to pursue a STEM-related career as an adult and has high expectations.

“I actually want to work with NASA with robots and space shuttles,” Vanderwalt said.

She, like Gilbert, said the “Women in STEM” panel inspired her.

“STEM has made many opportunities. If I wasn’t in STEM, I wouldn’t be able to do this and I wouldn’t think I’d be able to go to NASA because I would doubt myself. STEM has really pushed me to try harder and learn more. "

Lee County teachers told WALB some of their STEM-related activities had to slow down due to the pandemic. They say this gave students an opportunity to get involved again.

This was the first year ASU hosted the conference.

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