CTE Students Attend Girls Empowerment Conference

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CTE Students Attend Girls Empowerment Conference

Sophomore Olga Ibarra learns about the chemical properties of dry ice at the “I Am Conference”, empowering female leaders in the STEM fields.

Sophomore Olga Ibarra learns about the chemical properties of dry ice at the “I Am Conference”, empowering female leaders in the STEM fields.

Courtesy of Christina Vela

Sophomore Olga Ibarra learns about the chemical properties of dry ice at the “I Am Conference”, empowering female leaders in the STEM fields.

Courtesy of Christina Vela

Courtesy of Christina Vela

Sophomore Olga Ibarra learns about the chemical properties of dry ice at the “I Am Conference”, empowering female leaders in the STEM fields.

Yessica Lira

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The I AM conference is an annual conference designed by Region One Educational Services Center to empower female leaders in the STEM field. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) This year six students attended and were each nominated by CTE (Career and Technology Education) teachers. The TIES conference was also scheduled for male students, however it was canceled last minute by it’s organizers.

Professional communications teachers Mrs. Christina Vela and Mr. Ramiro Reyes chaperoned the wolverine attendees.

At the conference, students gained further insight into the different career paths in STEM, learned about the hard work that it takes, and had the  opportunity to talk professionals like  Dr. Karen Lozano.

Dr. Karen Lozano was the only Latina woman to receive her PhD in mechanical engineering at the time that she graduated from Rice University. She specializes in Nano fibers and was invited by President Obama to sit and discuss these opportunities and challenges with her. Wolverine CTE students were able to network with her and others like her.

“It was a joy to see our students connecting with notable women in the STEM fields,” Vela said.

Overall, the experience was worthy for all students, both male and female, since they got to see the perspective of a woman in a male dominated field and got instilled a sense of pride in being able to navigate their way into the STEM fields.

I AM Conference Attendees: Students Demetrius Pizano, Alexandra Nicanor, Olga Ibarra, Omar Diaz, and Melody Garza take a picture with Monique Jeudy , a lab assistant from TSTC’s chemical technology program, at the “I Am” conference this past Thursday at Region One.