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Area Middle School Students Attend Girls Exploring Math Science Conference (GEMS) at SCC

Somerset Community College (SCC) hosted a Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference(GEMS)recently on the SCC Somerset Campus. Students from 14 area middle schools, including Adair, Casey, Cumberland, McCreary, Meece, North Laurel, Northern, Rockcastle, Russell, Science Hill, Somerset Christian,South Laurel, Southern and Wayne County, took part in the conference.

GEMSwas created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. The GEMSprogram is designed to promote the National Science Foundations (NSF) program which promotes a larger and more diverse science and engineering workforce.

Each student participated in workshops that explored careers in Respiratory Therapy, Emergency Medical Services, Physics/Engineering, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice, 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing and Robotic Welding.

The 3D printing/Additive Manufacturing workshop was hosted by Eric Wooldridge, SCC associate professor. The Robotic Welding workshop was hosted by Karl Watson, SCC associate professor, and Scott Stringer, SCC instructional specialist. The Cosmetology workshop was hosted by Jennifer Owens, SCC associate professor, and her students. The Culinary Arts program was hosted by SCC Chefs Ed Nazario and Michael Wells, and their students. The Criminal Justice program was hosted by Brandi Copenhaver, SCC professor, and Teresa Hinkle, SCC instructor. The Physics and Engineering workshop was hosted by Debra House, SCC professor of Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Billie Dobbs, SCC associate professor of Physics and Kathy Lewis, SCC professor of Mathematics. The Respiratory Therapy workshop was hosted by Jason Asher, SCC associate professor and clinical coordinator, and Angie Mills, SCC assistant professor.The Emergency Medical Services was hosted by Tracey Franklin, SCC instructor and Samantha Feldman, SCC instructor and clinical coordinator.

Lunch was catered by SCC Culinary Arts students.

GEMSteam members, who helped plan the event, include: Cindy Byrd, Carol Calcaterra, Shanda Catron, Judy Covey, Tanya Cowan, Carrie Fitzpatrick, Debra House, Alesa Johnson, Kelly Johnson, Kathy Lewis, Ron Meade,Karen Plagge and Cecilia Ramilo.

*First Photo -Meece Middle School. From left: Kendall Burgess, Megan Davis, Clara Eastham, Madison Ruble, Ashtin Stigall, Allie Todd and Breezi Turner.

*Second Photo - Casey County Middle School. From left: Anna Dangelmaier, Abigayle Hatfield, Brooklyn Lynn, Morgan Smith, Madison Thomas and Savannah Twilley.