Reaching the Next Generation of Women in STEM
Vol.8 Issue 7
Oklahoma EPSCoR Women in Science Conference 2022

On October 4th, members of the Aeronautical Center (including representatives from the FAA Academy, the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, and from the Quality Systems and Business Resources Staff) participated in the annual Women in Science Conference held at the Science Museum of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. The FAA also partnered with the 99’s International Organization of Women Pilots who provided a scavenger charting exercise.

During the one-day event, the Women in Science Conference gave students an opportunity to participate in interactive science and engineering experiences, which were designed to promote critical thinking skills, science exploration, and self-confidence. College and university representatives from Oklahoma institutions hosted dozens of hands-on science and recruitment booths, as well. During a panel session, students learned firsthand about a sampling of the many STEM-related professions that are available to women, such as engineering, zoology, and medicine.

There was a special session for educators, where teachers had the opportunity to learn four different hands-on science activities which could easily be scaled to their specific grade level. Attendees received curriculum and science kits to implement the activities in their classroom.

Civil Aerospace Medical Institute demonstrating aspects of toxicology
Female students getting hands-on air traffic controller experience with the PRACTICE exercise.
Carrie Roberts from the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (AAM-520) teaching students how to navigate air traffic during weather

Female students from 6th-12th grade had an opportunity to learn about air traffic control through the PRACTICE exercise, careers in STEM, navigating air traffic during weather and toxicology. More than 1,600 students and teachers participated, along with over 200 vendors. The students thoroughly enjoyed the engaging activities during the science and recruitment fair.

The 2022 Women in Science Conference is made possible due to support from the National Science Foundation, National Science Foundation’s Oklahoma Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (OK NSF EPSCoR), Science Museum Oklahoma, Oklahoma Museum Network, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and Oklahoma Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (OK-INBRE).

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