High school girls get hands-on STEM experience at MCC’s Health Science Institute

STEM Alliance 2015
(Photo courtesy KC STEM Alliance)

MCC-Penn Valley’s Health Science Institute hosted a program Oct. 3 that saw more than 40 Kansas City area high school girls get hands-on with sawing, drilling and stitching to learn how the fields of engineering and medicine are related.

According to the KC STEM Alliance:

The one-day traveling workshop introduced girls to opportunities in orthopedics and engineering through six hands-on “mock surgical” exercises and the chance to work with local surgeons from Children’s Mercy Hospital. According to the Perry Initiative, women are still under-represented in certain medical fields as well as in engineering. The KC STEM Alliance has brought the workshop to Kansas City each year since 2012.

To build awareness of career opportunities for women, the Perry Initiative runs more than 30 outreach programs nationwide. The KC STEM Alliance has sponsored the program in Kansas City since 2012.

 The KC STEM Alliance is a collaborative network of educators, business partners and organizations that inspires interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers to generate a robust force of related professionals for the greater Kansas City community. For more information, visit kcstem.org.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

KSHB, NBC Action News, Channel 41, covered the event.