Saint Dominic Academy Students Attend STEM Seminar

Four SDA students attended The New York Academy of Sciences’ Annual Global STEM Alliance (GSA) Summit, a three-day event dedicated to building a global community of science and technology leaders. The event brought together GSA program participants from all around the world, including many students who had the opportunity to meet their STEM mentors face-to-face for the first time.

According to one senior who attended, “During the summit, we were joined by representatives from some of the world’s leading science and technology institutions and participated in engaging workshops, field trips, and panel discussions on the future of STEM innovation.” All of the activities took place at the Academy’s headquarters in downtown Manhattan.

All four of the girls who attended, two seniors and two sophomores, are members of 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures (a GSA program).  According to their website, “1000 Girls, 1000 Futures is a groundbreaking initiative designed to engage young women interested in science, technology, engineering, and math, and advance their pursuit of STEM careers through one-on-one mentoring and 21st-century skills development.”   The program offers the mentees access to real-life role models and coursework that emphasizes college readiness, leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills. Mentees have access to a STEM mentor who is a successful woman working in a STEM field, and both mentors and mentees will have the opportunity to be a part of a global network of women from all over the world.

The two SDA seniors are also members of the Junior Academy, which is an elite group of problem solvers made up of talented students, STEM experts, and companies around the world dedicated to designing innovative solutions to global challenges. The program challenges students to develop advanced research, innovation, and collaboration skills, using these skills to compete in challenges sponsored by industry leading companies. According to one of the seniors, “ Our goal is to actively participate in challenges to design and develop innovative solutions that solve global issues.”