Inland Area Eighth Grade Girls Learn About STEM

Inland Area Eighth Grade Girls Learn About STEM

San Jacinto

Earlier this month, hundreds of eighth grade girls from the Inland communities of Beaumont and Banning descend on Mt. San Jacinto Community College and learned about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. 

The event was the 18th annual American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) STEM Conference, organized by the AAUW’s San Gorgonio Pass Group of its Redlands Branch and hosted by MSJC. 

The Dean of Planning/Institutional Effectiveness/Grants for MSJC, Rebecca Teague, formally welcomed the student participants and Director/Producer Amber Price delivered the keynote address titled, “Roadmap to Success.” 

During the event, leaders from the public and private sectors provided hands-on workshops that afforded opportunities for the teens to explore careers in STEM fields. Workshops’ facilitators included representatives from the University of California Riverside, CalFire, Sorenson Engineering, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, and the California Department of Justice. 

The event was made possible due to funding support from organizations that included the Sun Lakes Country Club Charitable Trust Board, Laura May Stewart Foundation Trust, California Retired Teachers Association-San Gorgonio Pass, Sheron Bealer, Marilyn Shankar, and other individuals from the Pass Area and AAUW Redlands members. 

The American Association of University Women is a non-profit organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. To learn more about AAUW visit

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