Femme in STEM organizers are calling for women scientists to participate in this year’s event in September.
Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, the event is to celebrate women in science, and inspire the next generation.
Women in all science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, fields are encouraged to be an exhibitor, and engage with aquarium visitors through interactive exhibits. Submit an application by Friday, Sept. 8. Applications are on the aquarium website.
“It is important for young girls to see someone like themselves in STEM fields. Research shows that starting around middle school, girls start losing interest in science and other STEM subjects. Our visitors interact with women working in the variety of STEM fields that are open for career paths,” Gail Lemiec, unique experiences coordinator at the aquarium, said in a statement.
Femme in STEM, previously called Women in Science, was first held in 2019 and went virtual in 2020 and 2021. In 2022, 16 organizations participated and 70 individual exhibitors engaged with 2,100 visitors at the aquarium.
Femme in STEM is included with an aquarium visit. Advanced tickets are required to visit the aquarium and special days often sell out. Plan ahead and reserve your tickets in advance at aquarium admission.