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STEM Pathways For Girls Conference Oct. 5

on September 28, 2019 - 8:13am

STEM Santa Fe News:

STEM Santa Fe will hold its annual STEM Pathways for Girls conference, Saturday Oct. 5 at Santa Fe Community College, for Northern New Mexico girls in fifth through eighth grades.

This day-long event is designed to inspire and enhance the interest of 150 girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The conference is designed to give the impressionable young ladies a better appreciation of STEM and to demonstrate how they can use STEM to question, explore, challenge and change their world. 

The conference (formerly “Expanding Your Horizons”) kicks off the STEM Santa Fe monthly program that is focused on addressing the gender disparities present in STEM fields.

STEM Pathways for Girls program connects STEM professional women with 150 girls every year, providing the girls with positive role models, while gaining exposure to career possibilities in STEM.

This conference will include hands on workshops led by women in STEM careers covering a wide range in STEM disciplines, as well as a keynote speaker (Engineer Erica Velarde) and STEAM Fair in the afternoon.

The 2019 conference includes workshops in shampoo chemistry, cybersecurity, and wildfire investigation, among others.

“We need high-quality STEM experiences for the girls in our community. In addition, a supportive social structure will help them persist in their interest in their own STEM education,” STEM Santa Fe Founder/CEO Lina Germann said. “Through this conference, we introduce the girls to women in STEM professions, but we also are introducing them to like-minded girls their age.”

About Keynote Speaker Erica Velarde

Velarde is a single mother of three and a first-generation college graduate. She is a licensed professional engineer, receiving her BS in Mechanical Engineering from UNM, and an AA in Business Administration from Northern New Mexico College.

Velarde is an energy engineer for the New Mexico General Services Department and responsible for the implementation of both energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for more than 700 facilities statewide. She also is the public co-chair for the NM Chapter of the Energy Services Coalition and the public vice president for the National ESC Board of Directors.

About STEM Santa Fe 

STEM Santa Fe is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on sparking youth’s interest in STEM by leading hands-on programs to encourage exploration of important world challenges. STEM Santa Fe advocates for, develops, and provides STEM programming, mentoring, and resources for all youth, especially under-presented groups in STEM, to realize their potential and expand their opportunities in a dynamic world. Visit to learn more. 

STEM Santa Fe gratefully acknowledges the following conference sponsors: Los Alamos National Laboratory and Triad, LANL Foundation, Wildflower International, Santa Fe Community College, Meow Wolf, Sandia Labs, New Mexico Children’s Foundation, Rotary Club Of Santa Fe, OpenEye Scientific and Flow Science.