Conference strives to attract 11th-graders to STEM fields

Penn State Berks will host its annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference, titled “Today and Tomorrow 2013” on Thursday, May 9. Approximately 100 11th-grade students are expected to attend the conference, which will feature instructors and students from Penn State Berks and the community who will provide workshops with the goal of encouraging the high school students to continue their studies in STEM fields.

Interactive workshops will aim to enlighten students on the possibilities for future studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. One of Penn State Berks’ initiatives for community outreach is to offer youth programming that encourages and prepares students for science and technology degrees and to expand efforts to improve STEM education in the community. Collaboration with the Reading School District to improve science education is one way in which Penn State Berks hopes to advance this initiative.

This program was originally created and organized by Janet Winter, senior lecturer in mathematics who retired from Penn State Berks in 2012.

For more information about the STEM Conference, contact Elizabeth Wiggins-Lopez, instructor in engineering, at 610-396-6081 or via email at

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Lecturer in Engineering at Penn State Berks.

Last Updated April 17, 2013