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RIC hosts Tech Collective STEM workshop for Middle School Girls, Dec. 2

About 90 female middle school students and eight educators from Providence’s Sophia and Times 2 Academies, will participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop and career expo at Rhode Island College on Friday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. in Alger Hall, as part of the Tech Collective’s “STEM in the Middle” program, aimed to raise awareness and participation in STEM at the middle school level.

Educators and industry leaders agree that students need to be engaged in STEM initiatives early. Middle school years are often recognized as a turning point where school and peer pressure, especially for adolescent girls, may cause them to shy away from STEM because of gender stereotypes or misunderstood opportunities.

Workshops were designed and will be instructed by female industry professionals and faculty in the areas of biotechnology and DNA, forensics, math, computer repair, science, electronics and multimedia.

Tech Collective is the technology industry association of Rhode Island and an industry partner with the Governor's Workforce Board of Rhode Island for the information technology and bioscience industries, to inspire, engage, educate and employ a burgeoning technological and knowledge economy in the state.