Thirteen Independence Middle School students had the opportunity to participate in the American Heart Association’s Go Red Go STEM event at the Carnegie Science Center, designed to empower women and improve their overall well-being. In addition, the event helped middle school aged girls to consider pursuing a STEM-related career that could positively impact the health of all Americans.
Participating in the event were eighth graders Lydia Blum, Victoria DePasquale, Katherine Krol-Schaus, Malea Massaro, Katie McGuigan, Allison Morgan, Charlotte Nass, Naomi Nass, Grace Passios, Grace Sabo, Natalie Sager, Bella Testa and seventh grader Lexi Tekulve.
During this day-long event, students were able to meet with representatives from some of the area’s leading science, technology and engineering companies through a series of activities which included speed mentoring and breakout sessions, which enabling the students to make valuable connections with these local leaders.
The event was hosted to help prepare students to fill one of the millions of STEM jobs that are becoming available in the United States, especially in Pittsburgh.
Malea Massaro was excited to attend the event because she wanted to meet softball players from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, who were there to demonstrate how the Diamond Kinetics analytic system applies to their sport. “I am a softball player and I was interested in looking for the connections between science and sports,” explained Malea. “The event was a lot of fun and I enjoyed meeting new people.”