Conference strives to attract local 11th graders to STEM fields

February 17, 2016

Penn State Berks will host its annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Conference on Tuesday, March 8. Approximately 90 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 science, math, engineering, and technology.

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 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the community. Collaboration with area school districts 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.

Schools which are interested in participating or want more information about the STEM Conference, should contact Elizabeth Wiggins, lecturer in engineering, via email at or Tricia Clark, instructor in information sciences and technology, via email at

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Last Updated February 18, 2016