On Thursday, May 23rd, more than 800 7th and 8th grade students representing every school district in Bucks County will participate in the new iSTEAMM Conference, helping them connect to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Manufacturing (STEAMM).
iSTEAMM, presented by PECO, is a project of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, funded by United Way of Bucks County, and hosted on the campus of Delaware Valley University. It is the largest county-wide educational conference for students in the area.
“Delaware Valley University is pleased to be partnering with the United Way and the Bucks IU on a program that will help area students explore new possibilities for their futures,” said DelVal President Dr. Maria Gallo. “We look forward to hosting the students and helping to provide engaging and exciting opportunities for learning on our campus.”
The conference offers hands-on, interactive workshops with the goal of inspiring students to consider STEAMM careers. Each student will rotate through one panel discussion and two small workshops led by professional women and men working in STEAMM fields. Students are able to choose the sessions that are of interest to them to give them the best possible experience. In addition to building STEAMM awareness, the conference inspires students to succeed in other areas.
“iSTEAMM is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage in career exploration and discussions with local professionals. We hope students leave the event thinking, ‘I’d like to do that and now I know the path that can get me there,’” says Dr. Lindsey Sides, who organizes the conference on behalf of the Bucks IU.
“Many of the sessions will relate to careers that will be in high demand when these students graduate,” says Marissa Christie, President and CEO at United Way of Bucks County. “We want young people thinking about what interests them – but we also want them to know where the opportunities are projected to be in 10 to 15 years. It’s about helping the next generation think about their future, but it’s also about ensuring that local employers have a great pool of local talent,” she says.
About United Way of Bucks County: For over 65 years, United Way of Bucks County has been improving lives by uniting donors, advocates, and volunteers around the common good. United Way focuses on the building blocks for a good life: a quality education, a stable income, and good health. UW Bucks initiatives and programs touch more than one in five lives in Bucks County each year. For more information, call 215.949.1660 or visit www.uwbucks.org.
About the Bucks IU: With over 45 years of service, the Bucks County Intermediate Unit has established itself as an abundantly skilled, technology-rich, provider of high quality, cost-effective, instructional and operational services to public and private schools, school districts, charter schools, and our community. From an exceptional and broad foundation of specialty education support services we advocate for every child, while also offering a wide-range of programs, from cooperative purchasing to professional development courses, to nurture a stronger community. Visit our website at https://www.BucksIU.org or call us at 215-348-2940 for more information.
About Delaware Valley University: Delaware Valley University is an independent, comprehensive university with more than 1,000 acres in Bucks and Montgomery counties. Founded in 1896, DelVal emphasizes experiential and interdisciplinary learning and provides small class sizes where students learn on a first-name basis. Through the innovative Experience360 Program, all DelVal students gain real-world experience in their fields. Located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, DelVal combines the comfort of small-town living with the excitement of big-city access. DelVal offers more than 25 undergraduate majors in the sciences, humanities, and business, more than five master’s programs, a Doctor of Education and a variety of adult education courses. The University’s vision is to be the leader in experiential education, empowering all learners to transform the world.