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Third Annual Seeding Your Future Conference hosts middle-schoolers on campus

President Mary J.C. Hendrix ’74 (l.) gave the opening remarks at the Seeding Your Future Conference. She is shown here with conference organizers Dr. Sytil Murphy and Dr. Jordan Mader, and Dr. Colleen Nolan, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

President Mary J.C. Hendrix ’74 (l.) gave the welcome and opening remarks at the Seeding Your Future Conference. She is shown here with conference organizers (l. to r.) Dr. Sytil Murphy and Dr. Jordan Mader, and Dr. Colleen Nolan, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Middle school-age girls got to experience hands-on STEM activities during the third annual Seeding Your Future Conference on Saturday, October 29. The Seeding Your Future Conference offered popular activities including learning to read tree rings, building and coding binary bracelets and smart pendants that light up, and creating electric play dough sculptures. Dr. Jordan Mader, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Sytil Murphy, assistant professor of physics, created Seeding Your Future for middle school girls because research shows that those are the years the students become discouraged in STEM fields.

For more event photos, visit Shepherd’s Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/shepherdu/albums/72157674500915912