Miami middle school students get lesson on STEM careers from Women of AT&T

Miami middle school students get lesson on STEM careers from Women of AT&T

Hands-on engineering, 3D printing, and managing your digital footprint are just a few of the subjects more than 150 young students learned about during the recent “STEM: It’s Your Moment” conference in the AT&T offices in west Miami-Dade.

The program was presented by Women of AT&T (WOA), with support from Girls in Future Technologies, AT&T Aspire and Junior Achievement. The goal of the conference was to get students, especially young girls, excited about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“STEM education is more important now than ever,” said Susan Sidersky, a network design engineer with AT&T and a member of Women of AT&T Florida. “According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17 percent, while other occupations are growing at 9.8 percent. Workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics play a key role in the growth and stability of our economy, and are critical to our increasingly technology-focused future.”

The conference featured several speakers, including Maria Torres with the National Weather Service, Elli Bray with the FBI, and Alexander Lorenzo with ALLAXIS 3D Printers. I addition to learning about engineering, 3D printing, and managing their digital footprint, the students received tips on how to protect themselves from cyberbullying.

Women of AT&T is a nonprofit organization focused on affecting change in local communities and professional development. WOA is the largest Employee Resource Group at AT&T, with more than 25,000 members and 43 chapters.

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