The UCA STEM Institute hosted a STEM Leadership for Girls Conference for girls in grades 10-12 from Conway High School on Friday, February 10, 2017. This day was an opportunity for the girls to visit three different sessions throughout the day based on their interests. There were female professionals here from L’Oreal, the United States Air Force, CVS Pharmacy, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, NASA, the Astronomy department here at UCA, and a coding session with a couple of professors from the UCA College of Education. Hopefully, they now have confidence to pursue some historically male dominated fields with the knowledge that women bring a very different, but valuable, approach to these careers.
Oculus Rift donation in action!!
Some Conway High School girls were the first to experience the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality kit that was donated by Facebook! Facebook donated 500 virtual reality kits to Arkansas schools under a first-of-its-kind partnership between the social media company and the state, according to the Associated Press. This program is an effort to generate interest in computer science careers. The kits include a computer, camera, and the Oculus Rift headset. What an amazing opportunity for students and a generous gift from Facebook!!